Andrew Jackson to MVB, 25 September 1833

Andrew Jackson to MVB, 25 September 1833


My Dear Sir,

I have this moment had an interview with Mr. McLane and with Gov. Cass and I have the pleasure to inform you that we are all united in our cordial friendship and confidence which on my part was never impaired. I have suffered more in my feelings in this great national matter than in any period of my eventful life. I had to struggle with my private friendship opposed to my public duty-but I could not struggle long. My God told me the measure was right-that the Morals of the People and the perpetuity of our republican government required it-and, as excruciating as it was to my private friendships and feelings, my public duty required my prompt action. I performed it and it is the first pleasure in my life that I can communicate to you that our friends McLane and Cass remain where they now are-harmoniously.

The system will succeed well and I am assured to day by one heretofore friendly to the Bank that nine-tenths of the people will sustain me-that the disclosures are so obnoxious to all principles of morality, so inconsistent with the course expected from the Bank, and for which it was chartered, that no honest man but must justify my course towards it: when its former friends speak thus we can have no fears of the result of public opinion. Let me hear from you. Mr. Cambreleng says you will be in New York by the time this can reach you. I address it to you there.

Your friend

Andrew Jackson.

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