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Mr. Van Buren. I had flattered myself, Mr. Chairman, that the Convention would have adopted the revisory power proposed by the select committee, with the same unanimity with which they determined, on Tuesday, to expunge the third article of the constitution, and to separate the judiciary from the legislature.
Mr. Van Buren thought too much importance was attached to the phraseology of the resolution. The object of this was only to ascertain the sense of the Convention in regard to this feature of the constitution.
I rcd. your letter I confess with unfeigned mortification & I hope upon
your reflection you will think that you have done very wrong in making the request of me contained in your letter. Can you tell give me any earthly reason why your becoming bail for Mr. Cantine is a favour to me or why I should give you counter security?
You will see by the argus that we have organised our general committee. They meet frequently and shew a firmer front & greater zeal than I have ever before witnessed, say what you will there certainly is not a finer party any where than this same Bucktail Interest.
I am so lonely without you I know not what to do, and as it will afford me some relief to converse with you a little on paper, I hope you will be willing, though unexpected, to receive another letter from your Franklin. I have been counting the days from this to Monday & I find there are too many to suit my wishes.
"Nor can I conceal on this occasion the deep anxiety which I feel in a subject now under the consideration of the General Government and which is unfortunately calculated to produce geographical distinctions.
Reflecting upon the occurance of last evening, Mr. Mc.
I received yours of this morning and in reply have only to say that if the Gentlemen who our friends support for the council could be induced to make any stipulation either who they would appoint or who they would ^or would^ not remove as an Inducement for their support I would not only oppose them to the extent of my means but would publicly upraid them for their...
From the silence which has been observed by you on the subject of my letter of Nov last, I take it for granted that Mr. Ten Eyck does not expect my farther attention to his part of the Hart suit.
Mr. Root felt it his duty to enter his protest against the adoption of the resolution reported by the committee. However strong, and however true the language of the preamble to these resolutions, we ought to be cautious how we attempt to instruct our senators and representatives in congress upon this subject. Mr. R.
I have been again called by summons from the Master to the Hart cause & will be obliged to spend the best part of the summer to the examination of it. I have requested the Executors to make me an advance of fees which they will do. I have also spoken to ^old^ Mr. Ten Eyck & he refers me to you as having his funds.
Mr. Catlin has resigned the Cashiership of the Branch Bank, and our friends the Duers are very anxious to have Mr. Robinson appointed. Mr. Gracie has left my room this moment and is very anxious that you should come down and go with them. I hope you will by no means fail to come down with the next boat.
I am under particular obligations to you for your friendly letters. As my evil genius would have it, I was taken quite unwell when the bad news from the West came pouring in upon us, and, though very sick, was obliged to keep my head up although fit only for the bed.
I have received your two letters, of the 6th and 8th inst. I cannot deny the cogency of the considerations, which have determined you to decline the station which was the subject of mine of the 28th ult. and that some of them can by no one be so well appreciated as yourself.
Upon a view of the whole ground, I was convinced that I should act more consistent with my own and the happiness of my family, that I could give more important and efficient aid to your administration, and render more essential service to my country, by remaining in my present station, than by accepting the department of state.
Your letter of the 28th of September, was received by me last evening. I have reflected, in the short interval, upon the course which duty to my family and to my country, required me to pursue in relation to your obliging offer, and have concluded to decline the acceptance of the department of state.
I believe in the sincerity of your complaints about my writing because you have for once wrote to me in an intelligible manner yourself. The many fine things you say of his excellency were to good to be lost, I therefore shew them to his excellencys good friend the comptroller who without my permission shew them to the Govr.
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The Republican members of the Legislature have had a meeting here and with great unanimity nominated the Vice President as our candidate for Governor, of which notice has been sent to him.