PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/28/1830 - HFSID 27704
MARTIN VAN BUREN. Manuscript LS: "M. Van Buren" as Jackson's Secretary of State, 1p, 7¾x8-7/8 inlaid to 8-3/8x9½ sheet. Department of State, Washington, 1830 December 28. Jackson's future Vice President and eighth U.S. President writes to Anthony Butler in Mexico.
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MARTIN VAN BUREN. Manuscript LS: "M. Van Buren" as Jackson's Secretary of State, 1p, 7¾x8-7/8 inlaid to 8-3/8x9½ sheet. Department of State, Washington, 1830 December 28. Jackson's future Vice President and eighth U.S. President writes to Anthony Butler in Mexico. In full: "Permit me to introduce to you, Mr George Champley, a citizen of New York who is about to embark for Mexico, on a tour through the Southern Republics. His views are partly commercial & partly Scientific; and any friendly attentions you may have it in your power to show him will be esteemed a favor by Your friend & Servant". Democrat Martin Van Buren had been U.S. Senator (1821-1828) and Governor of New York (January 1st to March 12, 1829) before serving as Jackson's Secretary of State. George Champley had been born in England, emigrated to Montreal with his wife and ten month old son in 1818 and then settled in New York City. They traveled a great deal, spending three years in Mexico (1831-1833), and later moved to Ohio, where they opened a bookstore. Champley was a Democrat and a student of history, especially of his native England. Van Buren resigned as Secretary of State on May 23, 1831, having been appointed U.S. Minister to Great Britain. He had already left for London and had to return when the Senate rejected his appointment after a tie vote in which Vice President John C. Calhoun had cast the deciding one. Ironically, after the Senate rejected Van Buren's appointment, his popularity increased. Jackson chose him to replace Calhoun as his running mate in 1832, and the team was overwhelmingly elected with 77% of the electoral vote. In yet another irony, Vice President Van Buren, as President of the Senate, then presided over the body that had rejected his ministerial nomination the previous year. Lightly toned at top and bottom blank margins, else in fine condition.
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