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MVB to J[ames] A[lexander] Hamilton, 21 May 1828

My dear Sir

I will satisfy you when I see you that I have not said or done or contemplate any thing upon the subject of the nomination for Gov. that you will not approve. I have given <illegible> to Col Bentons friend Mr. <Magines> from St. Louis a letter to you. He is I believe a warmhearted <Irish> lawyer. I wish you would <make> him at his <cane>. The belief here is that we will to day or tomorrow have the following nominations. Barbour to England. P. R. Porter Secretary at War. Harrison to Columbia & Robinson from Kentucky to Mexico in the place of Poinsett to resign. The plan for the campaign is that Savage is to be ran for Gov & Granger for Lieut. Gov of N York. Clay is to go to Kentucky & make a desperate push to carry Metcalfs election & if they fail in that they are to give up the govt. All this I believe may be confidently relyed upon but dont get me in the papers. I first thought that the project of qualifying Savage for candidateship by the appointment of Treasurer was too preposterous to have received the sanction of the people here deranged and desperate as they are. But it is no longer to be doubted that such is the plan. If Newyork is not recreant to every honorable sentiment we will make them rue the day that this profligate scheme was conceived.

Truly yours


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Source: NN New York Public Library
Collection: Martin Van Buren Letters and Documents, 1814-1858 (NN)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)