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J[ohn] C[aldwell] Calhoun to MVB, 7 July 1826

My dear Sir,

Several causes have condused to suspend my correspondence for the last fortnight, and among others, the dangerous illness indisposition of my little son, ^who^ was sick when you left us. He is still very low, and I fear his recovery is very doubtful. The physician recommends travelling, and we have concluded to go South, so soon as the state of his health will permit. Our re^si^dence in Carolina is near the mountains in a delightful and healthy climate.

I rejoiced that your prospect in the state is so good. I am of the opinion, that the administration here are at a loss how to act as it regards Mr. Clinton. Mr. Clay will undoubtedly be opposed to his election. Rumour says, that Mr Adams is favourable, but I think it very doubtful. Great pains are undoubtedly taken to impress Mr. Clinton with the belief, that his only hope is to unite with Mr Adams, to effect which Mr. Clay is represented to him to be utterly prostrated in publick opinion, and that the whole influence of Mr. Adams will ultimately be thrown into his scale, unless he should take part against him. I have no doubt, but this is one of the points on which the feelings of Mr. Adams and Clay do not accord, but I am of the impression, that the former will be compelled to support Mr. Sandford should he be nominated, or at least not to take part against him. I entirely concur with you as to our course. Our liberty and happiness depend on maintaining with inflexible firmness, but with moderation & temper republican grn^roun^ds & republican principles. In such a course, success cannot be doubted. Our people are essentially republican, and it would be strange indeed, if those who acted in the spirit of the system, and in accord with the temper of the community should fail. * * * *

I know not what to say on the subject to which Mr. C— refers. I do not doubt the importance of a general concurrence to support by due encouragement an able paper here, and that young Mr. C— from representation is well qualified. It is to be regretted that some united moove had not been made last winter. In the absence of such, accident, as will almost always happen, governed. A paper is already in existence, and it does seem to me, that two on the same side must distrust and excite jealousy.

Each will have its partisans. To make a new arrangement in the existing establishment, is not without difficulties. The consent of the proprietor must be had. He has entered with zeal in his duties, and is sanguine of success. The circulation of his paper is said to be rapidly increasing. On the whole it seems to me, that nothing ought to be done, but with general assent, which in any event cannot be obtained before the next winter.

I would be glad to hear from you before I leave here. I do not frank as my name on the back ^of the letter^ might excite an impertinent curiosity.

With great respect

I am &c &c _ _

J.C. Calhoun

Copy in Angelica Singleton Van Buren's hand.

Printed in MVB, Autobiography, 514-515, and PJCC, 10:156-157.

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Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)