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Project director and co-editor Mark R. Cheathem is a professor of history at Cumberland University. He is the author or editor of seven books and several articles on the Jacksonian and Civil War eras. Of note, Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party (2018) focuses specifically on the development of the Democratic party, while The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson (2018) examines presidential elections between 1824 and 1840, including Van Buren’s involvement in his and Andrew Jackson’s campaigns during these five elections. He is currently working on a study of the 1844 presidential election.
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War Department, December 11, 1838.
Absence from home has prevented an earlier compliance with your request. I regret that it is not in my power to <refer> you to any <illegible> containing the information you desire, although I do not doubt that such an <illegible> may be found.
I have had the honor to receive your letter inviting me to preside at the Democratic Mass meeting to be held at Albany on the second day of October.
Mr. Stone of this city has applyed to me to assist him in my professional capacity to recover satisfaction for an Injury which he supposes his horse received while in your employ.
I have the Bonds with me but have it not in my power to ascertain the ballance due on them, when I spoke to you about a year ago on the subject you offered to give me a Judgment Bond for the amount due which I then from a conviction that it was unnecessary and not being compelled by absolute instructions avoided taking.
This Indenture, Made the seccond day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight BETWEEN Martin Van Buren & Hannah his Wife of the Town of Kinderhook & County of Columbia of the first part, and Peter Vosburgh of the same place of the second part, WITNESSETH, That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of...
A few minutes are offered to me [by] a Kind Stranger to write to you.
Accompaning [wi]th this you will find a Letter which I Wrote Im[medi]ately on the Receipt of yours but failed [. . .]tting an oppertunty this is therefore to Inform you that my mind remains the same as it then was In that I Informed you that Josiah tended C. Silvesters Store I now Inform you that he has been turned out for some Misconduct. P. Silvester Junr.
How shall I express the extreme Pleasure I feel when I inform you that I received your kind epistle (Dated the 4th.
I should do injustice, as well to yourselves, as to the patriotic citizens you represent, and to my own feelings, were I to withhold my grateful acknowledgments for the kind and complimentary terms in which you have been pleased to invite me to attend the mass meeting of the democracy of Northern New-York on the 11th September—the anniversary of the battle of...
Dr. G.W. Westcott, a brother-in-law of our lieutenant governor, and as I am informed, an accomplished Dentist, proposes to spend a short time in Alabama. I have not the pleasure of Dr.
The Dr. & myself have been not a little embarrassed by not seeing or hearing from you. I had shewn him your letter in respect to the payment of $6000 in August & have for the second time made arrangements based upon assurances that I would receive a payment myself, in which I can not be disappointed without serious inconvenience.
I have refrained from writing you a single Letter, during the present campaign—and I deeply regret, that
I should the first one, which I should have to write, would be one, which gives me as much pain to write, as any which ever came from my pen. I need not tell you, Mr. Van Buren, the feelings which I entertain towards you.
You are deserted. Ritchie, Roane, & Stevenson are all out against you on the Texas question; positively, openly, and unequivocally against you.
Received Philadelphia August 3d. 1811 of Mrs. Sarah Davenport late Sarah Robinson Two hundred & seventy eight dollars and forty six Cents in full of all Accounts against her individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of William Robinson Junr. deceased & for which I have signed two receipts of same tenor, and date.
I have now briefly reviewed your political career, from 1812 to 1820 inclusive. During this period you was a member of the state Senate. It will be observed, that reference has only been made to the most prominent of your acts. Your petty and local intrigues have been passed by unheeded.
In your letter dated in the autumn of 1819, you say-“The Missouri question conceals, so far as he (Mr.
Before I proceed to further details on the subject of your supporting Mr. King as the acknowledged leader of the opposition on the Missouri question, it may not be improper to notice the miserable subterfuge to which some of your friends (through your advice) may attempt to resort.
When the legislature adjourned in April, 1819, the federal newspapers were assailing Mr. Clinton and his friends, for not supporting Mr. Rufus King. The papers under your influence were making the most solemn declarations “that the republicans would not move to the right or to the left.
My last letter left you advocating, in legislative caucus, the unanimous nomination of De Witt Clinton for the office of Governor. This caucus, it will be remembered, was held on the 27th of March, 1817. After his election in April you soon ascertained that you had not the confidence of, and would have but little or no influence with, the then dominant party.