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The Papers of Martin Van Buren
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Thomas Cooper to MVB, 15 July 1825
My friend Judge W. Smith to whom Col. Hayne succeeded in the Senate at Washington from South Carolina, & Dr. Brown of Kentucky, left New York yesterday, and promised to wait for me at Albany. I have sent to every house but Crittenden’s, without learning of them. As I know Judge Smith meant to call on you, I beg you wd. have the kindness to inform my Son the bearer of this, whether you know of...
Thomas Cooper to MVB, c19 July 1825
I enclose you two papers, one respecting the interference of the Clergy with the duties of the legislature, which I mentd. to you, & the other, to paralyse the report of Mr Jefferson being a Tariff-politician & in favour of protecting duties. In theory, and in justice, all duties for protection, are in my mind utterly indefensible: for they are taxes on the consumers without any <...
Thomas Cooper to MVB , 5 July 1827
Clay will succeed in making a great diversion in Penna. You shall have half a dozen or more memorials to Congress from this State against the Tariff. Charleston, Columbia, Colleton, Edgefield have already met. Meetings are going on; and feelings are becoming hourly more exasperated. Now for prediction & <illegible> prophecy. By the time the Legislature meets, the members will be ripe...
Thomas Cooper to MVB, 31 July 1827
From what I can gather on perusing the imperfect reports of the meeting at Albany, you incline to support the principle of a Tariff of protection. I regret it: for it is unworthy your good sense, & political firmness. If I had not the motive of personal regard to incite me, I should not take the Liberty of saying this: but you are treading on the crust of a Lava not yet solid. I am not about...
Thomas Cooper to MVB, 11 April 1828
I have read with full conviction the substance of your observation on the power about claimed for the President of the Senate to decide on questions of order, ex officio. I was at first of opinion that our constitution appointed a known officer, with known and acknowledged duties, long exercised in the Country whose legislative assembly are imitated, and therefore <implicitly> by known...
Thomas Cooper to Algernon Sidney Johnston, 18 March 1837
The Mercury, and the Telescope, are usually regarded abroad, as exhibiting more nearly than any other papers the leading opinions of South Carolina on the passing politics of the day. A comment appeared in the Mercury of the 14th inst., on Mr. Van Buren's Inaugural Address, which I do not believe is, and I am quite sure ought not to be a fair exposition of the public sentiment in this State. It...
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