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TO THE HONORABLE THE LEGISLATURE.
THE Commissioners of the Canal Fund, pursuant to the directions of the act, entitled "an act respecting navigable communications between the Great Western and Northern Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean," passed April 15, 1817—Respectfully Report the following as the state of the Canal Fund.
A communication from the commissioners of the land office, was read, in the words following, to wit:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th. inst. asking my opinion
upon ^ of in respect to^ the subject connected with the recent movements of the abolitionists & desiring to be informed whether (or not they) are not generally opposed to my elevation to the Presidency.
The attorney-general, to whom was referred the petition of Stephen Marvin and others, inhabitants of the county of Putnam, reported as follows, to wit:
I return your pencil with some leads to match. Cowen had none in boxes. He says that yr. pencil is of home manufacture, and that the boxes with leads are English & all too small. The box cost only 12 1/2 cents so I return 25.
I am very sensible of your kindness in the expressions and in your note of the 31. ult in respect to my Dred Scott argument. I will not fail to send you the opinion of your old friend Taney if he gives one.
It has long been my intention to retire from the cares and sacrifices of my present office at the expiration of the existing term. That intention has been freely communicated, that I might not be regarded as a candidate for re-election. It is unnecessary, on this occasion, to enumerate the many cogent reasons which led to this wish.
I owe you many thanks for your friendly letter. The principles it avows, & the feelings it indicates are such as my impressions of your character
induced ^would have led^ me to expect.
Upon the eve of the Baltimore Convention I recd. a
letter ^communication^ from you suggesting ^inviting^ a modification of ^the views written in^ my letter upon the subject of the annexation of Texas which you thought would satisfy the many who opposed my nomination on that ground.
The fever here is very high. I had hardly touched the pavement when I found Rantoul at my side. He was full of the Southern feeling: he was sure they would not go for V. B.: but they were very reasonable men, & the North might select: they would adopt any Northern man that was a Texan, be it Cass! or Stewart!! or Heaven save the mark, Levi Woodbury!!!
I enclose you a letter of Gen Jacksons which Gilmer had put into my hands for publication upon the adjournment of Congress last year. I did not do it, because I thought it unwise to make new issues pending the present presidential canvass.
AT a numerous and respectable meeting of republican electors of the town of Kinderhook, held at the house of Nathan Deyo on the 29th day of March.
BARENT VAN DER POEL, esq. in the chair.
M. V. BUREN, Secretary.
By M. Van Buren, Esq. The town of Kinderhook—The Whig seed which was sown in the revolution has produced good fruit—her republican energies are substantially increasing—though not always successful, she never fails to deserve it.
AT a general meeting of the republican committees from ten towns in the county of Columbia, held at Binghams' city tavern, in the city of Hudson, on Friday the 12th day of April, 1805.
MARTIN VAN BUREN,Secretary.
By the President.
The Elective franchise—Existing restrictions have proven to be as impolitic as they are unjust. It is the office of wisdom to correct what experience condemns.
M. VAN BUREN and B.F. BUTLER, Counsellors at Law, have removed their office to No. 353 North Market-street, next door to Rockwell's Mansion house.
Albany, May 7, 1821.
A communication from the attorney general, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:
The Attorney General, on the petition of David Berner and William Borst, respectfully reports—
Mr. Van Buren, from the committee to whom was referred the bill entitled "an act for the better apprehension and punishment of criminals," with the resolution of the hon. the assembly thereon rejecting the same, reported as follows, to wit:
A communication from the Attorney-General and the Surveyor-General was read, and is in the words following, to wit:—
The Attorney-General and the Surveyor-General, on the petition of Jonathan Daines, refered to them by the honorable the Assembly, respectfully report—
A communication from the Attorney-General was read, and is in the words following, to wit:—