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I write you at the instance of the Court convened here for the trial of General Hull, to obtain your advice as to some points arising from the present and probably future state of the Court as to the number of its Members.
I wrote you at Albany the Result of our Charter Election which I presume you received, you can have no Idea of the effect it has had on the Spirits of the Feds. It was attacking them at head quarters in every town in the County our friends though not successfull have done well Kinderhook has reduced the federal majority more than half. One year more will bring her back...
TO THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY.
Gentlemen—The President, with the advice and consent of the senate, has appointed me Secretary of State for the United States, and I have felt it my duty to accept the unsolicited and distinguished honour which has thus been conferred upon me.
The friends of the Vice President deem the publication of the correspondence I have refered to important but feel a delicacy
about publishing it ^to permit its publication without yo^ without your consent.
A copy of a resolution from the honorable the Assembly, delivered by their clerk, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:
The friends of the Vice President deem the publication of the correspondence I have referred to, important, but he feels a delicacy to permit its publication without your consent. To meet the circumstance of your not having the letters in your possession, I take the liberty of enclosing copies which have been taken from the Vice President's letter book.
Perhaps I was not as explicit on the subject of my last letter as I ought to have been. The Vice President has no doubt of the constitutionality of the restriction, attempted to be imposed on the admission of Missouri nor of the expediency of doing so.
Mr Martin V. B. being overwhelmed in business and up to his neck and ears, in politics as the saying is, this afternoon directed me to write to you in his name, and allege as his reason for the substitution, the pressure of his multifarious affairs, and at the same time give you all the news—real, personal & mixed—civil, criminal and political.
I understand that the Steam Boat Fire Fly has regularly plied as a passage Boat between Newyork and Newburgh for the two last years. Not a cent of money has been recieved at the Treasury for the tax on Passengers in that Boat, nor have any Accounts been rendered of the Tax.
The Comptroller and Attorney General, upon the memorial of Richard Platt, late Commissary and assistant commissary of Military Stores, of the State, refered to them by the Honorable the Assembly, respectfully report:
Mr. Van Buren moved to add to the eighth section the following words: "who shall hold their respective offices till a due election shall be made." Carried.
The enclosed Letter will explain to you what we wish. The Vice President is apprized that a copy has been sent to you, as you will see. If he has left Washington, you will see the propriety of sending a speedy answer. That answer must be, My Dear Friend, that in the event of the Vice President's insisting, upon it, you will consent to our wishes....
I am now at the seat of Government, ready to enter on the high duties that my country has so flatteringly assigned me. My first and strong desire, is to have associated with me in the discharge of my responsible trust, men, in whom, under all exigencies, I can repose
Since Noah has returned from Washington strong suspicions are entertained that he has been drawn over to the Calhoun Interest. It is with this view that Smith is so active to give him the Patronage of the Legislature.
I have waited a few days to answer your letter in the hope that I might be able to say something more than general declarations of friendship and a strong desire to serve you amount to but I have waited in vain, I do not know at this moment of any precise manner in which
I we could serve you if you were on the spot.
I have just received your letter of the 12th. Inst and owe you an apology for not having answered your last before this time. I have very unwell for some time past was for a fortnight unable to attend to business. This I know you will consider a sufficient apology especially as I had nothing of importance to write except what you will find in the public papers.
I am informed that you declined signing the resolutions which were sent to Washington upon the subject of the Missouri question, upon the ground that you never authorised your name to be used as one of the Committee on that occasion.
I regret that I have not been able to go to Albany, and now it is so late that I have given up all intentions of going. Your proceedings in Convention, are fully reported, and are very interesting. But the appointing power! What is to be done with that?
Last week I spent entirely in reconnoitering the County of Oswego, from one end to the other. Matters continue to wear a very favourable aspect in every part of the County. The Republican interest has gained a great deal of strength since last election; and it still continues to gain.
I have received by this days mail your letter of the 7th. Inst. but hardly ^know^ where to address you. You do not state at any place, and was it not for the apology you make for your indisposition I should hardly know how to account for your omission to let me know where you are. I have heard you was in New York. But the post mark ^of your letter^ is Philadelphia.