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MVB to B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler, 17 February 1824


My dear Sir,

Things are coming to points. Calhoun is on the eve of retiring in favour of Genl. Jackson. From a great variety of circusmtances I am well satisfied myself that if Nyork does not repeal the electoral law & supports the caucus which has been held by her recommendation Mr Clay will retire & his friends will support Mr Crawford. Calhoun retires because his friends know he cannot & believe Jackson will get Pensylvania. If Jackson gets Pensylvania Nyork Mr Clay cannot get into the house and will of course make an early & comparatively honorable retreat unless he should be prevented from doing so by the letters he gets from Albany holding out a hope that he may get that State which can never be realised. From this brief statmt our friends will be made sensible of the extreme importance of their acting with energy & unanimity. Get some of the most prudent & confidential men together at your house & read them this letter. But for strong reasons enjoin upon them not to say speak of my name in conversation with it.

Yours truly


M. Van Buren

Feby 17th 1824

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)