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"The south seems to be asleep. There is no energy-no concert among the state Rights men. Georgia has gone against us altho there has been a great gain in the state rights party, and all that we want to make our principles triumph is an organization and energy." The support of northern friends can be counted on.
Tazewell suggested if Leigh fails to run well.
Recommending Crallé to buy out Pleasants's Richmond Whig in partnership with a Mr. Gallegher.
"It is now no longer to be concealed that there is a conspiracy on the part of the leading politicians and presses to shut us out from the public. The Nat. Rep. intend to run Clay in opposition to Van Buren if he is elected (sic, nominated?] Clays friends will give a very lukewarm opposition to him under the belief that Clay's best chance to reach the Presidency will be for Van to be elected. In this state of things their jealousy of Mr Calhoun is revived with increased bitterness. To say nothing of the refusal of the whole of that part of the opposition press to make any extract from the Telegraph, they are silent, entirely silent as to Mr. Calhoun shutting him out as far as possible from the public view—The object of this policy can not be misunderstood. What are we to do? Are we to merge ourselves in either the Clay or Van Buren party? If we do the country is gone.-We have no alternative but to abandon our institutions in despair or to make ourselves heard. Outlaw has purchased the Rale[i]gh Star. That Paper & the Western Carolinian will keep the old North State safe. Mr. Rockwell has purchased] the Milledgeville Journal, which will keep Georg[ia] safe. All that we want is to put Virginia right[. W]ith the Whig, the Intelligencer at Petersburg, the Reporter at Danville, with [illegible] at Mecklenburg & Gilmer (?) at Charlottesville we can save Virginia. A most striking fact, is that Mr Calhouns able report on incendiary pamphlets has fallen still born? Not a press, in the opposition of [sic, or] the Nat. Rep. party has noticed it! ! !"
Returning from a trip south Green reports that he "found a vigorous reaction in public opinion in N. Carolina & Georgia, and there is no room to doubt the success of our principles in those States, altho in the latter there will be a hard contest."
He visited Mr. Calhoun, who is "resolved to do his duty."
Green is trying to start an incorporated enterprise in New York City for publishing a paper, textbooks, etc.
"This abolition question tells well, and Ritchie sees that little Van is gone in the south.”
“As soon as the state election is over there will [be] a rally for Harrison.” Harrison and White will make a strong ticket.
"I agree with you that Harrison is our man. He is to be preferred to White. The current is now setting in the right direction....... Van Buren has no positive strength with the people & we can easily break down his influence in the south when once we break the shell of the party. The slave question is doing that in the south, and is likely to be as troublesome in the north."
"Gales & Seaton are preparing to go over to Van Buren under Kendall's auspices. ..... The public printing is too great a boon."
In addition to his New York publishing enterprise, Green has purchased coal lands in Virginia and wants a Coal, Iron and Railroad charter.
“It is indeed aut Harrison aut nihil.”
From Duff Green.
"The southern feeling is so much excited for Texas, and the northern cupidity so much excited in favor of power and plunder that the Jackson party is on the point of dissolving [into] its elements. What we ought to do is a question for deep and cautious deliberation. ... Shall we support this war as a southern measure and what will be the political consequences if we do? or what if we refuse? We may disapprove of the means by which it is produced and yet support the war itself.”
Through ill-health and business Mr. Green is unable longer to edit the Telegraph. Mr. Crallé has been solicited and is expected to take the place. “If I am not here you will see Mr. Calhoun,"
"Yours of the 30th ult. is received. I placed [it] in the hands of Mr Calhoun and Col Pickens who at once confirmed their previously declared preference for you over any one else as the editor of the paper. I then saw Col Preston & Col Thompson who assured me that they were prepared to unite in any arrangement necessary to secure your talents in the paper... ...As to my personal relations to the party there is nothing that can in any wise embar[r]ass you and as to your course, and control over the press it will be such as you wish it to be."
Green's business enterprises are progressing better than he expected.
Green in the South on business, but whether for the railroad or his paper is not clear.
"The Railroad is now the absorbing question. Parties are organizing in this state in reference to it and to the speculations to be made on the routes, to be selected. with some of our friends in Charleston & Columb[ia] at their head have purchased largely on the French Broad, and these unite with the Union men of the middle section to get up a party against Mr J C Calhoun. One party are anxious to place Mr Calhoun at the head of the company and the other prefer any one else, and will probably unite on Genl Hayne. Mr Calhoun has not consented to serve under any circumstances, and positively declines to accept if Hayne is a candidate."
"Mr. Calhoun is from all that I can learn much disposed to quit the Senate," and if so is likely to go into some rail
road company. But “it seems to me that the only means of defeating Van Buren is to raise the cry of reform... ...Mr Calhoun is the natural head of the reform party. Will he not lose his position if he leaves the Senate? Will not Clay become the leader if he is absent ? and have you or I or any one else any confidence in his reform? Can he rally the reform party? Is it not under such circumstances Mr Calhoun's duty to remain in Congress? and if you concur with me in opinion ought not you to write to him on the subject
.....I have not yet seen him. He left some 12 days ago for his gold mines in Georgia.”
(To be continued.)