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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
Recipient: John Peter Van Ness
Supreme Court Abrm. Van Ness adm. Van Alen & Van Buren The Widow Hugh Attornies Demandant— Costs Retain warrant of atty & <filng> £1.11 Notice of <illegible> & copy— 4.0 Mo. & rule to enter appearance 6.6 Dr. Pha for 4.6/.2 copies &<filng> <on> 5/ 11.0 three term fees 15.0 ____ Octr. Court 1808 £3.7.6 NY... Continue Reading
Sender: John Peter Van Ness
Recipient: Stephen Van Rensselaer III
The Western District is much indebted to you.
Virginia has with unprecedented unanimity ratified our proceedings at the most numerous caucus of her State Legislature ever held. What will New York do? It has been under the special recommendation of those two states that our meeting was held. Shall it forever be said that the professions of New York are not to be depended upon? I hope not. I hope the Republican members of our Legislature will... Continue Reading
I thank you for your last. I read such parts of it as were proper to Mr. Crawford, who is fast improving in his health and prospects. Write me often, and let some of your letters be such as it may be proper to show to him. By referring to the Journals of 1800, March, you will find that the Federalists of New York voted down in the Assembly a bill at that time introduced by the Republicans to give... Continue Reading
Cornelius Peter Van Ness, Remarks on Salaries of Commissioners appointed under the Treaty of Ghent, c7 December 1823
Remarks on the validity of the Act of Congress passed March 3. 1821, entitled "An Act establishing the Salaries of the Commissioners and Agents appointed under the Treaty of Ghent," so far as it relates to the amount of Salary prescribed for the Commissioners. The 8th Article of the Treaty of Ghent provides that the Commissioners shall be paid in such manner as shall be agreed between the two... Continue Reading
Sender: Cornelius Peter Van Ness
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
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 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
Recipient: Rufus King
For fear that any misrepresentations may be made or undue advantage taken respecting of my not attending the meeting at Jonas Millers to day, I think proper to inform you of the manner in which I have ben invited to attend and the reasons of my non-attendance. On, monday last Jacob R. Van Rensselear Esquire applyed to me on the subject of certain reports which he alledged were in circulation... Continue Reading
Recipient: Benjamin Birdsall Jr.
Communication of Mr Rufus King to Mr Van Buren in May 1823 Some weeks ago John A King informed me that Mr Samuel Goveneur, told Johnson Ver Plank that the Secretary of the navy speaking of Mr Van Buren expressed to him (Mr G) "that Mr Van Buren was an insincere man and that confidence could not be placed in him." I observed that as Mr Secretary of the navy was a friend to Mr Van Buren I could not... Continue Reading
Sender: Rufus King
It is difficult, if not impossible for me who is not acquainted with the views & combinations of the executive power to form a correct opinion, or to give unreserved advice respecting any particular appt. wh in itself may be ^not only^ impudent, but insolent, yet when viewed in connexion with other appointments with wh. it may be combined, and of which it may form the only meritorious part,... Continue Reading
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.
I owe you an apology for not sooner acknowledging the receipt of your several communications. From the circumstance of my being a member of the Senate and in that situation obliged to pass on the nomination of the collector when made I deem it improper to interfere in the matter until the question comes before us according to the constitution. I lost no time however in laying the papers before... Continue Reading
Mr King having left the affairs of his mission in my charge during his absence, I take the liberty of answering your letter to him, under date the <8>th instant. Suits for wages are not sustained in the Admiralty Court unless the minister of this country to which the ship belongs gives his consent. For reasons the importance of which your mind will readily conceive, Mr King has been averse... Continue Reading