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Our friend Mr. Watson desires some appointment for his Nephew Capt. Watson in your department. I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with Capt Watson but am persuaded that Mr. Watson's recommendation will receive full credit with you according to its import. Knowing that it will be highly acceptable to you to be of service to Mr Watson, any further solicitations on my part would be... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I intended to have been at NYork at the Chancery term & would with pleasure have argued Major Prescots cause, but the fever prevents my going down & will I am persuaded prevent the courts being held, of the question in the Eden case hereafter.
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Aaron Burr
Young Mr Mason of this City is on this way to Schenectady to join Union College. I have advised him to spend a day in Albany, while there & at all times when opportunity affords I wish he may receive your particular & friendly attention.
Sender/Author: MVB
This fifty second jubilee of our Independence has found me at an obscure town in the Western part of this State. I should think it would be a matter of curious speculation for those skilled in such things, to examine how little real independence there is in this Republic, which, proudly boasts of being free & Independent. I imagin[e] they would find the situation of the slave-population of... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
Young Guert Gansevoort has just called in to say that he has received orders to repair to the Navy Yard at Brooklyn. He was frozen on the coast some time ago & is frequently very much incommoded by cold weather. Mrs. G. is very anxious (& so is Guert) that he should be allowed a birth in the Delaware, permanently, if possible or else to be attached to some other ship when the Del. arrives... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I am still quite unwell with a bad cold – & feel very much disposed to attribute all my sickness to this air. Our vacation has expired & we have once more entered upon a term of fifteen weeks. I spent my time during the vacation, as you may well suppose, not very pleasantly. I had been too long running at large, to be confined with a good grace any where – especially in New Haven during a... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
The enclosed papers from Vail & the Barings were here & I forward them. I retain Vanderpoels bill & will get the money <for> him. My account must be wrong inasmuch as the items are dated in Nov., 32 & we sailed in June, 32. However, if they are <illegible> I have about <illegible> an equal sum due me from the Barings on account, which you may draw for. Deduct my... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
You don’t tell me what to do with <illegible>. Shall I give him twenty five dollars? Benjamin Knower has stopped payment. Mr. Olcott has frequently said within the last four months, that Knower’s business was so extended, that any embarrassment of commerce must prostrate him: but I never dreampt it was so serious a matter. However, this afternoon we had a meeting of the board & Mr. O.... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
In writing to you last night I spoke cursorily of the Pension account: upon reflexion, I am convinced that a better thing in all respects, could not be done. We must rely upon the Safety fund Banks in this State, to supply the place of the United States Bank as well as to defeat its useless assaults upon the Currency & Individual credit. Now you cannot imagine, without more knowledge of the... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I had a conversation the other day with the Patroon, in which he came out most decidedly & warmly against the U. S. Bank. Said he had supported it as long as he could but was now convinced it was an impolitic & improper Institution &c &c He stopped me in the street to say so & seemed very much in earnest. It occurred to me that if the Opposition got "stirred all <h_ll>... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I have just had a conversation with Saul Alley & M. Van Schaick, the latter of whom came here with me. S. A. is in favor of a State Bank with a capital of $10.000.000 the state to take from 3 to 5.000.000 of the stock. V. S. is against the plan, I fear, from a desire to see a Bank of the United States eventually supplying the place of this one. S. A. tells me that at a meeting at Tammany Hall... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
Jeremiah <illegible> who bought half of your Staats farm, with a right of way (as he says) over the other half, has got at War with his neighbour who bought the other half & he wants you to give him a deed for the right of way, as he says, the articles of argument between you & him, binds you to do. No mention is made in his deed of a right of way. I suppose it was forgotten. He is... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
Please forward the enclosed to Mr. <Clarke>. I am detained here, <when> I came to look at the Liverpool, <preferred> going in her, or rather before determining. My health is recovering slowly & I am obliged to be very careful. I have very imprudently accepted an invitation to stay a day or two in the course of this week with Sir. W. Wynn at Wynnstay near here, in Wales. He... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I fear the non-arrival of the 'Liverpool' will have caused you much uneasiness, which my present communication will hardly allay—for the intelligence that I shall remain here or hereabouts 'till Spring will be almost as much satisfaction as may have been the confession that I had stopped on the way over for a longer time. Mr. Clarke’s business took a turn on the eve of my departure, which made it... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
The young Patroon left here to day for Washington: he professes to be a Van Buren man indeed, openly declares himself so; but he don't know what the term m[eans] he <ridicules> the Safety Funds, abuses the Bank Commissioners, says we ^he and the <each> of us^ are all federalists, laughs at the President, loves the Banks & is against the removal of the Deposits! You know that at... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I stopped on my way up & spent part of ^the next^ Sunday & Monday after I left you, with the Surrogate. He promised to send you the money of which you spoke to me & which I never have had. He has probably attended to the matter before this. If you head up in this month, I shall hardly be able to come down to Washn. so soon as the 30th. My arm still continues very sore, but I trust,... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: John Van Buren
Recipient: MVB
I am delighted with your <Phasion> but I think the publication of them should be delayed for some time & then be published in rapid succession. I wish therefore you would prepare them all & send them to me.
Sender/Author: MVB
I authorise you to cause my name to be signed to any petitition to the Legislature for the settlement of the <Broun> right controversy which you sign yourself. I have written to Mr Williams by this mail & requested him to call on you. I am obliged to you for your information in relation to my brothers health. We have as yet nothing here of interest, the weather has been rather different... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB