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In New York, whence he has just returned, Green found a growing desire to adjust the tariff, and friends of Clay indisposed to make it a party question.
Some suggested Mr. Calhoun as the candidate with whom to oppose Mr. Van Buren in 1836; "but I am decidedly of opinion that it is best for us to leave the Jackson party to quarrel among themselves. Gov. Cass, Col. R. M. Johnson & Judge McLean are all candidates."
“Jackson will no doubt recommend a further reduction of the tariff. Public opinion in the South is so decided that he cannot refrain, without imminent danger to Van Buren."
"Is it not important to sustain Tyler [for Senator]? Our friends here have that much at heart-If you carry in Gov. Floyd, cant you secure Tyler? Is there no cause to fear that Tucker and John Randolph will play into each others hands. Do let me hear what are Tyler's chances ?”—Denny Coll.
Expressing the delight of Green, Gen. Gordon, Mr. Tyler and others upon hearing through Crallé's letter the first news of the way in which President Jackson's proclamation was received in Virginia and describing the suppressed resentment felt in Washington.
Suggesting the importance of organizing “Democratic Reform Societies” on the principles upon which they have been opposing Jackson.
Endorsing Crallé's plan for reelecting Gov. Tyler Senator.
"The Jackson policy has been to denounce every one who has had the independence to disapprove of any measure or to condemn any act of the administration—They have organized the press and have so drilled their party that Jackson can make or unmake members of Congress— Jacksonism is stronger in their respective districts than the members themselves and every one must pull true in the harness or the Globe will hunt him down. They have made this machinery work most skillfully to my injury—They have stripped me of all the federal patronage, for my newspaper, they have robbed me of about three thousand of my subscribers—and the fact is that I have been publishing the Telegraph at a loss of five thousand dollars for the last year. If I lose the printing of Congress I must leave Washington—The plan is for the friends of Clay and a portion of the friends of Van Buren to vote for Gales & Seaton, and I am in great danger unless some movement in the South presents a rallying point for those members who desire to break but are afraid to do
The organization of a “Democratic Reform Society" with Gov. Floyd for president and Mr. Pleasants for secretary urged.
Pleasant's article in his paper criticising Jackson's proclamation pleases the Whigs and had great effect.
"I have quoted from the old federal papers their high eulogy of the proclamation and an article from the N. York Journal & Advocate saying that : 'the freemen of N. York, Penna. & Ohio never will permt the slave labor of the south to come in competition with the free labor of the north.' This should be rung to all the tunes that it will bear."
“If they put down the Telegraph it will be very difficult to get up an other independent press at this place and without it the country cannot be free.”
Green is “not to be moved in favor of Clay. If we abandon our principles now we have labored for nought."
Urges the publication of Dew's pamphlet on Slavery for its effect upon the South.
“I conceive the bloody bill as worse than the Tariff.... I intend to put the Telegraph in mourning on to-morrow, for the constitution is dead-My apprehension is that the joy of which you speak is but an evidence that the principles of that bill will overlay the sleeping energies of the StatesA bill passed in the mere wantonness of power; and annihilating at one blow all that is valuable in our institutions."
From—Chas. C. Mayson.
Mayson has just started a paper in Jackson and proposes to work in harmony with Cralle's Jeffersonian Republican and Virginia Times, on which he relies much for editorial inspiration and political cues.
"I discover that I shall have to labour very hard in my new vocation. I have no coa [d]jutor in any press in the state. Those that are here do not take much interest in politics. They however find it much easier to denounce Nullification, than to argue upon the subject. General Jacksons popularity was so deeply rooted in the affections of a great portion of this people, seekers after office find it so easy to recommend themselves, by crying out for the Hero that with that part of the population (The Mass) it is difficult to make any headway. Besides, in the old settled Counties of this state the federalists have always had a powerful party, the Proclamation has pleased that party so well that they find themselves unexpectedly on the side of an Administration to which they have been heretofore opposed. Having been long excluded from participation in the offices & honors of the country, they unite with great zeal (& with consistency to be sure) with the Collar men in denouncing nullification. They (the Fed) understand it—but what is most remarkable, men, who even now boast of being Jeffersonian republicanshuzza for the proclamation as the strongest State Rights paper that ever appeared. With such a population it is hard to get along. The majority tho' of the intelligent men of the Country, not looking for office are with us—There is a fine & glorious set of fellows here, who are determined to make an effort to save this state from the snare of Van: I am in strong hopes of ultimate success. When the name of Jackson shall be no longer before the people for personal favours I think things will work right. There is but one press here in favor of Van.”
Mayson has used and will use the subject of emancipation to alarm the South into united action.—Denny Coll.
Regretting that C. has left Richmond and fearing that Pleasants is "yielding the state rights ground to Ri[t]chie.”
"No alternative" but to “show a distinct flag” i, e., bring out Calhoun and the sooner the better, “except that there is danger of embar[rjas[s]ing Mr. Calhoun's action in the present Congress.”
"I am of opinon that a convention of the 'state Rights party' [in Virginia] would be decisive. As parties now stand if we were to go into a convention called by the opposition, it would let in the friends of Clay & of Webster and we should have to surrender our principles, whereas if we call a convention of State rights men' they knowing that they cannot get along without our aid will be compelled to choose between us and Van Buren and will rally under our flag. You see that it is the crisis of our fate.”
Hoping to do some good with the Extra Telegraph.
“I was compelled to anticipate the other parties, with a view to counteract the movement of Mr. Leigh's partisans, or rather of the indiscretion of Pleasants. If there could have been an organization of the state Rights party which could have counteracted the intrigues of those who are laboring to lead us from our principles I would have been stronger as the supporter than I can be as the prompter of the party; but in the absence of this organization I was compelled to send out my little boat and I may congratulate myself and the party on the manner in which the engagement has been commenced. The Ken. Reporter, the Cincinnati Gazette, the Scioto Gazette or rather the Ohio State Journal, the Phil. Inquirer, the Commercial Intelligence, the Iris have all responded (sic) give us Mr Calhoun and we are content. While the Muskingum Messenger & the St. Clairsville Messenger are with us to the full extent.”
Leigh the candidate for senator.