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J[ohn] C[aldwell] Calhoun to MVB, 28 September 1828

My dear Sir,

I am delighted with the prospect in your state. It exceeds my most sanguine anticipations, and is decisive of the great struggles. This favourable state of things, is, no doubt, to be attributed in a considerable degree to the goodness of the cause, but much is due to <you> the consum^m^ate prudence and judgments ^judgment^ with which all of your measures have been taken.

I regret to learn that circumstances may compel you to permit your name to be placed on the gubernatorial ticket. It is a position of great importance, but in the present state of things, it seems to me desirable, that there should be as much experience and talents as possible in the service of the nation. The constitution coalition has so neglected and distracted all of our relations foreign and domestick, as to require the greatest skill, & prudence to preserve peace & harmony; yet if your name be necessary to avoid the hazard of debate defeat in N. York, it will leave you no option. I sincerely regret that our old friend the Judge should put himself into so injurious and disagreeable a situation. It indicates a want of political judgment, which really surprises me. I can attribute it only to inattention to the events of the last four years. We are so one-sided here, that I san ^can^ ^have^ no information on the Presidential contest to communicate. If we were more des^v^ided on that, there might perhaps be less excitement on another question, in regard to which, I observe much misa^re^presentation in some of the northern papers. Deep as is the excitement, I think I may truly say there is no class in favour of disunion. That I think is not the danger. You know my sentiment from conversation. I see nothing to change it since the adjournment. Unless something can be done to put the question out of the system, I fear there will be no end to disturbances distraction, which must ultimately open wide the door of political corruption. On this point the broken fen^or^ces of the coalition will endeavour to rally after their overthrow.

With sincere respect

I am &c &c

J.C. Calhoun

Verso (p. 43): Was this 1827 or 1828?

Editorial note: Holograph transcript of letter printed in MVB, Autobiography, 516. Also printed in PJCC, 10:425-426.

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