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MVB to J[ames] A[lexander] Hamilton, 21 February 1829

My dear Sir

I have written a long letter to Eaton which I have authorized him to show to Gen Jackson Judge White & yourself. Let Mc Lane know its contents. I have also refered to you in my letter to the Genl. I am very desirous to have you with me in the capacity of which we have spoken. There is nothing in the past to prevent it & the future is full of hope. The only question is as to the best mode of getting rid of the present incumbent. It would be desirable to provide some other place for him if practicable & then again is it or is not necessary to keep him for some time to get the affairs into successful operation. So far from Mr L.s letter being an objection to your taking it, it furnishes an argument in favour in as much as it enables us to place the other Gentleman rejection upon some better ground than that of personal objections. The fact that I would not under any circumstances have appointed him even if you had solicited it is of controuling influence. Could you stay until I come down. I have really no time to enlarge as you may well suppose. Let me hear from you fully upon all these matters. I hope the Genl will not find it necessary to avow any opinion on constitutional questions at war with the doctrines of the Jefferson School. Whatever his views may be there can be no necessity of doing so in an Inaugural Address.

Remember me affectionately to Judge White & Mr Tazewell. I have in a letter of to day <illegible> to Mr Eaton again touched upon the subject of the Treasury Deptmt.

Yours truly


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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)