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Mr. Van Buren offered the following resolution:
Mr. Van Buren did not intend to enter into this debate. He had witnessed with a high degree of pleasure and satisfaction the manner in which this subject had on all sides been discussed.
Mr. Van Buren said, that before the Convention resolved itself into a committee of the whole, he wished to submit a plan, for the ultimate division of the state into senatorial districts, and to provide for their election until that was done.
Mr. Van Buren said, that as the vote he should now give on what was called the highway qualification, would be different from what it had been on a former occasion, he felt it a duty to make a brief explanation of the motives which governed him.
Mr. Van Buren said he would briefly reply to some of the observations which had fallen from the honourable gentleman from Columbia, (Judge Van Ness,) and would also add a few words, in answer to the suggestion of his venerable friend from Queens, (Mr. King.)
Mr. Van Buren said, there was a variety of opinions as to the proper place for the depository of the appointing power. Those who advocated the propriety of placing it in the governor and senate, did not appear to be satisfied with the system which they advocated.
Mr. Van Buren, (chairman of the committee upon this subject) gave a general view of the reasons which had influenced the select committee in adopting the report now under consideration.
Mr. Van Buren felt himself called on to make a few remarks in reply to the gentleman from Delaware. He observed that it was evident, and indeed some gentlemen did not seem disposed to disguise it, that the amendment proposed by the honourable gentleman from Delaware, contemplated nothing short of universal suffrage. Mr. V....
Mr. Van Buren, said he was opposed to the amendment under consideration, offered by the gentleman from Albany, (Chief Justice Spencer;) and he would beg the indulgence of the committee, for a short time, while he should attempt to explain the reasons, which, in his opinion, required its rejection.
Mr. Van Buren, before the question was taken, wished to explain the reasons of the vote he should give. There are three distinct propositions before this convention—one, for filling the blanks with one year—another, with two—and a third, with three. He should consider each.
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.
There is a transient ship in sight, which is sending us a small boat & I avail myself of the chance, to say that we are now eight days out—had a delightful run to the Banks, but (as if all the Banks but 'Linn' were determined to obstruct all public and private business) we have been rotting about since Friday night in almost a dead calm on the Banks of...
We have understood that an attempt is making to change, for political purposes, the local agent of the Holland Land Company, and that to effect this object great pains have been taken to impress you with a belief, that the prosperity of the Company and the future protection of their rights, would be best promoted by identifying them with the political interests of our...
I left home on monday last, & shall return again tomorrow. I had hoped to have seen Evans, either on my way out, or at this place, & to have had some conversation with him on several of the subjects that are to occupy the Legislature next week, but I have not been so fortunate as to meet him.
Know all men by these presents that we Martin Van Buren and Peter I.
Mr Cantine handed me two Bonds the one a blank one the other executed by you and <illegible> so as to be executed by me also, the one executed by you Cantine informs me is incorrect and if I <execute> any he wishes me to sign the Blank one or in other words the one that you have not yet signed.
I have just recd. yours of the 12th. I must deal frankly and especially with all who may unjustly claim that I shd. discard Rumor in writing to him on a subject, personally as well as politically of great moment.
I thank you for your kind letter. The idea of incivility, at any time, towards Mr Cassidy is entirely <illegible>. No motive for such treatmt ever existed, & I am <illegible> the <illegible> to indulge any such feelings.
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.