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Proceedings of and Resolutions adopted at meeting of the Republican members of the Legislature of the State of New York, 22 February 1820


At a public meeting of the Republican members of both houses of the Legislature, held in the Assembly Room, in the Capitol, agreeably to settled and approved usage, on Tuesday the 22d day of February, 1820, at 4 o’clock P.M. pursuant to public notice, for the purpose of completing the nominations of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, to be supported at the ensuing election, the honorable MARTIN VAN BUREN, was chosen Chairman, and CHARLES H. HAVENS, Secretary.

The roll of the republican members of the legislature, according to custom, was called over. The following members appeared and answered to their names, viz:


Moses Austin,                        William Mallory,

Stephen Barnum,                    John T. More,

Walter Bowne,                        John Noyes,

Perry G. Childs,                      Roger Skinner,

Jonathan Dayton,                    Peter Swart,

John D, Ditmis,                       John Townsend,

Charles E. Dudley,                  Isaac Wilson,

David E. Evans,                      Henry Yates, Jun.

John Knox,                             Samuel Young,

Peter R. Livingston,                Martin Van Buren.


Thomas Armstrong,                Calvin M’Knight,

Samuel Campbell,                   Abraham Miller,

Ebenezer W. Case,                  Abraham Moe,

Clarkson Crolius,                    Reuben Munson,

Jonathan Delano, Jun.             William Nelson,

Joseph Deyo,                       Abraham Parsons,

Henry I. Deiffendorf,              Chester Patterson,

Jacob Drake,                           John Price

Jonas Earl, Jun.                Samuel B. Romaine,

Henry Field,                             Erastus Root,

James Finch, Jun.                    Peter Pine,

John L. Francisco,                   Robert S, Rose,

Byram Green,                          Teunis Schenck,

James Guion,                         Henry Seymour,

Richard Hatfield,                    Peter Sharpe,

Christian Haverly,                   Lewis Smith,

James Hawks,                     Samuel A. Smith

Cornelius Heeney,                  Jacob Sayder,

Nathaniel P. Hill,                    Hiram Steele,

Thomas Humphrey,                Selah Tuthill,

Robert R. Hunter,                   Michael Ulshoeffer,

John T. Irving,                         Abraham Vail,

Gideon T, Jenkins,                  Samuel G. Verbryck,

Charles H. Havens,                 Mathew Warner,

David Knapp,                           Samuel Watkins.

Mr. Sharpe, from the committee appointed at a previous meeting, to communicate to DANIEL D. TOMPKINS, the wishes of the republican members of the legislature, that he should consent to a nomination of Governor, announced his acceptance of the same; but inasmuch as the Vice President had arrived in town, he moved the appointment of a committee, to wait upon him personally—which motion being put to the meeting, was unanimously adopted, and Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Swart, of the senate, were appointed a committee for that purpose.

On motion of Mr. Skinner, the members present then proceeded openly to nominate a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Each member rose in his place, when his name was called; and Gen. Benjamin Mooers received all the votes but one, which was given for Charles E. Dudley. Thereupon it was unanimously resolved that General BENJAMIN MOOERS be recommended as the republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor: and a committee consisting of Mr. Skinner and Mr. Rose was appointed to wait upon him, and receive his reply thereto.

Mr. Sharpe reported that Judge Swart and himself had waited upon Vice President Tompkins, and requested his answer to his nomination as the republican candidate for governor, by a meeting of the republican members of the legislature heretofore held, and that Mr. Tompkins gave for reply, that he felt highly grateful for this renewed expression of the confidence of his fellow-citizens—that he was well satisfied with the situation in which he had been placed by the republicans of the Union, but that if the people of this state required his return to its government, he did not feel himself at liberty to refuse their call—and the committee were authorised to report his acceptance accordingly, and his expressions of respect and gratitude to the members of the legislature.

Mr. Skinner then reported, that Mr. Rose and himself had waited upon Gen. Moores, and communicated to him the nomination just made for the Lieutenant Governor, and desired his answer thereto: and that he informed them, that it was with diffidence that he should consent to become the candidate for an office, the duties of which he felt his inability to discharge; that this diffidence was increased, from the consideration, that he would stand opposed to a gentleman of experience, and one with whom he had always been in habits of friendship; that he would nevertheless yield to a paramount duty which he owed the republican cause, as it appeared that the nomination had been made by the unanimous voice of his republican brethren in both branches of the legislature. The committee were therefore authorised to report, the acceptance of General Mooers, and to tender to the republican members his warmest acknowledgments.

Mr. Ulshoeffer, from the committee appointed for that purpose, reported for the consideration of the members present, an Address and Resolutions.

The same having been read through by the Chairman, were thereupon adopted by the meeting, viz.

[We are obliged to omit the publication of the address until our next paper. The resolutions follow.]

Resolved, That we retain undiminished confidence in the administration of the general government; and that the republican principles upon which it is founded, continue to deserve the support, and command the approbation, of the State of New-York.

Resolved, That we will use every honorable exertion to oppose and prevent the re-election of Mr. Clinton as governor of this state—because the tenor of his political life has betrayed a restless and insatiable ambition, at war with every principle of republicanism; because he has failed to administer his authority according to his promises of repentance and reformation, and the wishes of the republican party which elected him to office; and because he has consummated a most unhallowed league to break down the republican character of this state, to bestow its patronage exclusively upon his servile dependents, and to create in this land of liberty a dangerous faction, solely devoted to his views, bearing the badge of his family name, and ministering it to his “unchastened ambition”

Resolved, That we do hereby recommend to the people of the state of New-York.


as a fit and proper candidate for Governor, at the ensuing election—that his talents, character and conduct, throughout his whole life, have been characterised by the strongest devotion to the public good, by distinguished service in war, and upright conduct in peace, and by a modesty of demeanor and republican simplicity, which have endeared him to the people, and which are the surest pledges of the benefits to be derived from his administration.

            Resolved, That we likewise recommend


as a fit and proper candidate for Lieutenant Governor: that his services to the state, in the trying times of war and danger, to acquire and maintain our liberties, entitle him preeminently to the countenance and support of the people.

Resolved, That it is our unalterable determination to cherish and support the great interests of the state, by internal improvements, by the promotion of manufactures, the improvement of agriculture, the diffusion of education, the cultivation of the arts and sciences, and a salutary retrenchment in the public expenditure.

Resolved, That the controversy between Archibald M’Intyre and Daniel D. Tompkins, on the settlement of his accounts, does not alter or diminish our confidence in the integrity of the latter; that even his most virulent enemies have admitted the honesty and uprightness of Mr. Tomkins; that <the> solemn disavowal of any intention to claim a large balance from the treasury, as charged by the comptroller, meets our most unqualified belief; that the act of the last session of the legislature in making allowance to Mr. Tompkins, was conformable to justice, to his rightful claims, and to the grateful feelings of the people towards him for his services in war and peace: and we have no doubt that a settlement of his accounts will speedily be effected on terms of equity and justice, unless prevented by the unjust opposition and perversion of his enemies.

Resolved, That DANIEL D. TOMPKINS, in consenting to stand a candidate at the ensuing election, has given renewed proofs of his devotion to the people of his native state, and deserves our warmest and most zealous support.

Ordered, That ten thousand copies of the Address and Resolutions be printed and distributed.

And then, on motion, the meeting resolved to adjourn, and were adjourned accordingly.

                                    MARTIN VAN BUREN, Ch’n

CHS. H. HAVENS, Sec’ry.

The bracketed text in this transcription was present in the original printed source. 

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Source: Albany (NY) Argus
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)