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E[lias] K[ent] Kane to MVB, 19 February 1829

Dr Sir

It is now said, that V B-n is to be S of State Ingham Secy Treasury, Branch Navy, & probably Eaton for War, Atty genl floating ^between Berrien & Barbour^. If this be true, reflect 1st whether Calhoun, has not produced this, for the purpose of inducing You to withhold Yr consent to accept and then try somebody else. 2d for the purpose of rendering Jackson's administration unpopular beyond 4 years. 3d for the more innocent purpose of holding the cabinet in his own hands. I am sure You will act upon the dignity of Your character and the admitted strength of Your claims. At the same time reflect long upon the propriety of leaving all to the direction of a rival. And Your high standing in both houses of Congress, check mated though You may be in the cabinet.

Yr friend Sincerely

E K Kane

PS. Would such an administration have confidence of the nation? How far would Your character save the whole?

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