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MVB to Andrew Jackson, 14 September 1833

My dear Sir

Wishing to answer your last by return of mail, I gave it rather a hasty perusal, & did not notice so particularly, as I have since done, your suggestion in regard to my comeing to Washington. I shall be govered in that matter altogether by your wishes. You know that the game of the opposition, is, to relieve the <illegible> question, as far as they can, from your the influence of your well deserved popularity to ^with^ the people, by attributing the removal of the Deposits to the solicitaton of myself, & a monied junto in N York, and as it is not your habit to play into the enemies hands you will not I know request me to come down <illegible> unless there is some adequate inducement for my so doing. With this consideration in view, you have only to suggest the time when you wish me to be down, & I will come forthwith. A letter under cover to Mr Cambreleng will always reach me in a few day. I shall at all events come down some time in October, to arrange my house: probly about the 20th; If earlier is necessary you say and always remember that I think it an honor to share any portion of your responsibility in this affair.

Allow me to say a word to you in regard to our friend McLane. He, & I differ, toto coelo about the Bank, & I regret to find that upon almost all public questions the bias of our early feelings is apt to lead us in different directions. Still, I entertain the strongest attachment for him, & have been so long in the habit of interceding in his behalf, that I cannot think of giving it up, as long as I have it in my power to serve him, & his. From what passed between us at Washington, I think it possible, that he may, (if Mr Duane resigns) think himself obliged to tender his resignation also, which if accepted would inevitably ruin him. Your friends would be obliged to give him up ^politically^ & when stript of influence his former Federal friends would assuredly visit their past mortifications ^at his success^ upon him in the shape of exultations at this fall. I am quite sure that if ever he tenders his resignation he will ^nevertheless^ be anxious to remain if he can do so with honor, & if you should say in reply, that you will accept his resignation if he insists upon it but that you confide in him &c notwithstanding the difference between you upon this point, & that if he could consistently remain in the administration you would be gratified, I think he would be induced to withdraw it. I would not advise you to change your course for any body but it appears to me that you might go thus far consistently with what is due to all parties. I think I cannot be mistaken in believing that he told me explicitly that he did not know Mr Duanes views in regard to the removal of the Deposits when he was selected. When at Washington I informed you that I had thought of Mr Tany for the Treasury and ^but^ had not made the suggestion to you in consequence of its not meeting with Mr McLanes concurrence. On accidentally ^since^ reading a letter which he wrote me upon the subject of Mr. Duan’es appointment I find it stated that he had not mentioned my suggestions in regard to Mr Taney to you in <illegible> pursuance of my request that he should not do so until I could ascertain whether Mr Butler would take the office of Attorny Genl if he should think proper to offer it to him & which he declined & consequently nothing more was said of the other idea. Although I have no distinct recollection of this ^this had escaped me^ I presume it must be so.

Mr Irving & myself have been spending a couple of days here, very pleasantly, with our old friend Genl Lewis who desires me to say a word to you in behalf of the Mechanicks Bank of NewYork as one of those to be selected for places of Deposit &c. He says that that institution made him large advances ^as^ quarter master during the late war & at a period when the national finances were in the worst condition. Although I do not wish to take any part, unnecessarily, in regard to the selection I feel it my duty to bear testimony to my own knowledge of the patriotic spirit by which that particular institution was influenced at the period referred to & I shall be happy to find that it has been found possible to include it in the number. If four are selected there can be no possible difficulty upon the point. The Genl wishes to be cordially remembered to you.

Remember me kindly to all your Household & believe me to be

Very truly yours


Printed in CAJ, 5:185-186 and MVB, Autobiography, 605-606 (extract).

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: Andrew Jackson Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)