William Alexander Duer to MVB, 17 February 1823

W[illiam] A[lexander] Duer to MVB, 17 February 1823


Dear Sir

I received your favor of the 9th, last Evening & hasten to acknowledge it. Your views of the effect of certain proceedings here coincide with mine. My advice to the governor was not to accept the nomination of the old Judges after he found a decided majority of the Senators opposed to them. If he had sent the names of the federal bench in the first instance all difficulty would have been avoided. The second nomination of Judge Woodworth I thought bad as a precedent, but it has nevertheless operated favorably inasmuch as it was brought about by the friends of Col. Young who had their full share of the responsibility for it & it has separated them from the Talmadge interests, to which case the election of Genl. Marcy as comptroller had given the death blow.

Do not understand me my dear sir as accusing the Republican party of ingratitude. It is only of certain individuals of ^upon^ whose friendship & support I had a right to count, that I complain, & who by their supineness & indifference & timidity, prevented my appointment after Bett's rejection. of <Netts>.

The same supineness indifference & timidity may eventually defeat my expectations in regard to the appointment of district Judge for their circuit. I am Since Genl Marcy's appointment as Comptroller I consider all real competition has vanished. Yet I find that Mr. Jordan of Hudson has entered the field against me under auspices you little suspect & which may possibly induce the Senate, to reject me, if nominated, in order to clear the way for him. The cry is already raised against "the high minded," & recommendations obtained from the Members of Assembly for the District & other solicitations to which I cannot recal. Peter R. Livingston wished me to remove to the second district & receive the appointment there, & whilst Sutherland Marcy & Courtenay were in the field I listened to it but now I <might> this Circuit ^is^ the best secure & would be the more acceptable but as the speakers object of ousting Talmadge would be out of consideration I should doubt his being so ardent in my favour. Your friend Beardsley, I hear is against all high minded appointments, and how Mr. Dudley feels as between Jordan and myself, I don't know. To me the indelicacy of electioneering with the Senators is insurmountable & I am confident if that is necessary that I shall fail as Sutherland & Marcy are both provided for; & as <poor> Cantine is better off than to want any thing to be obtained by human aid. Perhaps you may be disposed to exert your influence in my behalf with your friends in the Senate.

Give my best congratulations to Miss Calvert, when propriety admits. My best regards to Archer.

I am Dear Sir

very truly yours

W. A. Duer.

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