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MVB to [Andrew Jackson], 27 September 1833

My Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 24th was handed me by Mr. Cambreleng at the moment of stepping into the carriage to visit the Town of Brooklyn upon the invitation of its trustees, and I embrace the first moment of my return to reply to it. You have done all that was required of you in regard to the suggestions of our friends McLane and Cass. If after that they choose to go, so it must be. Your course cannot be altered out of mere personal regard to any one. I do not however believe that such will be the case, but if it be, I think I ought to come down immediately and remain with you until your arrangements are completed, instead of making the suggestions you desire. I shall hold myself subject to your wishes.

Your letter of the 25th is this moment received after I had written thus far. I sincerely rejoice that matters have turned as they have. Our friends will soon see what a precipice they have escaped. Public sentiment is unprecedentedly strong in your favor. I dined yesterday with a party rising of 100, in King’s county, composed of the Senate of the State, now sitting as a Court of Errors, and of gentlemen of different politics: After several other toasts, Dr. Elwus of Fort Hamilton gave the following:-“The Oracle of Delphos said make gold thy weapon and thou wilt conquer all. Andrew Jackson has said make honesty thy weapon,”-and I never knew a toast received with more rapturous applause, long continued and several times revived. As this is probably the first direct test of the kind, and the company was respectable and of different politics, I think it of sufficient importance to mention it to you.

I think Gov. Woodbury is right in his opinion that the Attorney Gen’l ought to come from the South. You recollect what passed between us in regard to our friend Forsyth. He once (long ago) told me he would not think of accepting the appointment of Attorney General, and I do not know what effect the views he recently expressed upon another subject would have upon him in regard to this; but I feel so deeply how well he behaved for us all that I cannot think of suffering a single opportunity to pass without doing all in my power to serve him. If, for any reason, he should be out of the way I should like Judge Parker right well, if he is a speaking man. You will have time enough to cause enquiries to be made upon the point. You will recollect also that I spoke to you of Judge Ruffin, of North Carolina. You can cause the same enquiries to be made as to him so that you may finally act with a full view of the whole matter.

There is one point you may depend upon, my dear Sir, and that is that there is an extreme anxiety on the part of the Democracy of the Country-your stay and support-that you should infuse a little more of their good spirit into your Cabinet than it now possesses. Recent events have given increased interest to this point, and the impression is extensive that if it had been heretofore otherwise in that respect things would have been better. Our quondam friend, Duane was either beyond or behind the age. Do not be in haste and do me the favour to remember me kindly to all your household. I hope to be with you on the 20th without fail.

I am very truly yours,

M. Van Buren.

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Source: Fitzpatrick, ed., <em>Autobiography of Martin Van Buren</em>
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Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)