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PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/12/1814 - HFSID 13680

MARTIN VAN BUREN. Early ALS: "M.V. Buren" as State Senator, 2p, 8x9¾. No place but probably Albany, 1814 November 12. To L. Elmerdorht Esq.

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MARTIN VAN BUREN. Early ALS: "M.V. Buren" as State Senator, 2p, 8x9¾. No place but probably Albany, 1814 November 12. To L. Elmerdorht Esq. In part: "Yours directed to me at NYork was duly received & its contents attended to-having long since established a perpetual non-intercourse with the man your business was with, it was somewhat difficult of accomplishment...(confidential) on board the Steam Boat I fell in company with Peter Townsend who tendered his services to me to get two votes from members over whom he thought he had influence for Genl Armstrong for U.S. Senator & on my telling him I knew nothing of it & had nothing to do with it, he appeared astonished & said he had no strong attachments there & & much confused-What does this mean-in whose employ is this man-must we have the devil to pay again-write me. The classification bill is extremely popular here...." War of 1812 Brigadier General JOHN ARMSTRONG, U.S. Senator from New York from 1800-1802 and 1803-1840, had served as President Madison's Secretary of War from February 5, 1813 to September 27, 1814, when he resigned and returned to agricultural pursuits at Red Hook, New York. He did not return to the U.S. Senate as was favored by PETER TOWNSEND. VAN BUREN's colleague in the State Senate, fellow Democrat Nathan Sanford, was elected to succeed Democrat Obadiah German in the U.S. Senate. Van Buren may have returned to Albany on Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Fulton, which traveled the Hudson from New York to Albany. In Albany in 1814, 31-year-old State Senator Van Buren, who supported President Madison's war policies, carried through the New York legislature an effective war-measure known as "the classification bill", a draft providing for 12,000 men to be placed at the disposal of the government for two years. Early content letters of Van Buren, especially those relating to the War of 1812, are scarce and desirable. Fragile. Folds, not at signature. Nicked at edges. Worn. Shaded, 5-inch vertical shading touches 7 words. Ink notes at blank corner, signature side (unknown contemporary hand).

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