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MVB to J[ohn] W. Taylor, 4 December 1814

My dear Friend,

I have this moment sen the vote on the previous question in relation to the Bank, by which I perceive that you are precisely as far was you were before you began. What in Gods name is the matter? Does congress mean to exhaust the cup of public forbearance If so, but little more is necessary. The dregs are all that remain. Do explain this thing to me. I do not complain of this or that particular vote nor to express an opinion as to the different propositions supported & opposed but I complain. The whole country complains that nothing is done. Would the Republican members of Congess once meet together & decide on any one definitive course & pursue it now thoroughly & finally, without regard to Federal clamor or eastern Insurrection the people would be satisfyed. The present course gives encouragement to Fenton & mortifyes the friends of Administration without measure.

You wrote me some time Since on the subject of a tender Bill. I had great doubts, have "waked & slept upon the subject" have conversed with many of our friends on it & was I in Congress, I would want every faculty to pass such a Bill in ten Days. With such regulations restrictions & provisions as might be adopted it would I am persuaded be the only measure now practicable to relive the distresses of the nation. In this moment of general despondency the least glimering of energy & decission in congress would be hailed as an auspicious one. Our best men in Albany are all decidely in favour of the measure. You see I write under the influence of much Spleen. It is so, but take no part of it to yourself. You I know have done your duty & the very fact of not seeing ^any of^ your Speeches satisfyes me that you feel as I do. That you forbear on that head because you think that we have had already, too much, infinitely too much talking, too much vox it praeterea nihil. Write me


yours affectionately


M Van Buren

Dec. 4th Recd 10th. &

Ansd January.

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Source: NHi New-York Historical Society
Collection: John W. Taylor Papers (NHi)
Series: Series 2 (1 January 1812-16 February 1815)