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The "American," believing "that the film which has so long dimmed the eyes of the country is removed that passion has given place to reflection. That prejudice has yielded to good feeling so that the fractious distinctions arising from prejudice passion & the force of circumstances has been superceeded" has come out openly in favour of Mr Adams, expressed its determination to give him a... Continue Reading
Communication of Mr Rufus King to Mr Van Buren in May 1823 Some weeks ago John A King informed me, that Mr. Saml. Gouverneur, told Johnson Verplank, that the Secretary of the Navy, speaking of Mr Van Buren, expressed to him (Mr G) "that Mr. Van Buren was an insincere man, & that confidence could not be placed in him." I observed that as Mr. Secretary of the navy was a friend to Mr Van Buren,... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Rufus King
I have sent a communication to the Secty of the navy in the precise terms you suggested. Accept my thanks for your early attention to the matter & for the manifestation <illegible> of continued friendship your letter contains. Be so good as to tell John that I have sent his books to NYork to the care of Capt Nicholson.
Nothing has as yet been definitively decided relative to the filling of the vacancy on the Bench of the S. Court. My present object is to enquire of you whether after what has passed between you & myself on the subject you think I could with propriety, as it respects yourself take the office.
Proposed Answer. "I am not sufficiently informed of the (State of the Presidents mind) ^the State of the facts^ to enable me to reply make an answer satisfactory to myself to the question proposed in yours of the 11th. instant. It appears to me however that It can ^is competent for me to^ obviate the difficulties in your course arising from what has passed between us. In this belief and to this... Continue Reading
I submitted to the President confidentially your letter. He informed me no appointment would be made in some time as it could not now be made in season for the Spring Courts there was no necessity for acting at present. He said nothing from which I could gather his intentions in relation to the appointment. I think he is quite undecided and means to take due time for consideration. Any... Continue Reading
On my return from Norfolk a few days since I found your letter of the 15th. in which you enquire whether I have definitively declined the appointment of a Judge of &c. & whether the P. so understands it. In my conversation with the P. I certainly meant to be understood by him that I did decline taking the office. I am not certain that I told him absolutely & in terms that I would not... Continue Reading
I have no farther suggestions to make on the matter of your last. The question is with the President & he will make such disposition of it as to him seems meet & proper. If it is supposed that I will enter into active competition with the numerous candidates who have and will continue to spring up for the place, the supposition is founded in a mistake of my character. I confess to you (... Continue Reading
Some time ago we had a meeting to nominate town officers at which John Van Alen Esquire was nominated as candidate for supervisor. The Federals immediately determined to defeat us. Their waggons were continually going, fetching the lame and the blind and the aged to the polls. We were not wanting in activity. At 3 o'clock we took the lead. Not till this moment had they given up, but, Sir, at this... Continue Reading
Your communication of the twenty eighth I Received in Due Time but Refrained from answering it before on account of the then approaching Town meeting. The Event of which I was Desirous of Informing you of, your last I have this moment Received. The Reasons which you assign ^in the former^ for Repealing the Carriage Tax &c. are to me & I trust to every one that hears them Satisfactory. ... Continue Reading