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result. If you can ascertain that Calhoun will Mr. Van Buren an account of the intervies not be benefitted by Jackson's élection, you I was fully persuaded of the strong attachmisi will do him a benefit by communicating the in- of General Jacks'in 10 Calhoun. 1, therefore
, formation to me.
advised Van Buren to give up the idea of ClaYou go on to say, " About this time the Alton, and support Calhoun; for if they succeed bany Argus began to change its tone. Subseed in electing Clinton Vice President, that he quent events prove that the pledge that Mr. telt assured that Jackson would make Cullen Calhoun should not come into power was giv- Secretary of State, and Van Buren's prospects en, and Mr. Van Buren came into the support blasted forever." Now this unravels the whole of General Jackson.” My object is to place secret, and explains many of the moves up this matter on its true basis,' by giving a history the political board since. Mr. Balch did not of occurrences of the time. The pledge was say that
t lie was first written to by Mr. Van Bu not given. Mr. Balch's statement has not been ren; But says, “I immediately wrole Me Van published, although sent to the city of Wash- Buren;" and when he related the whole te me, ington, I have not read it; but he has detailed he took upon himself the credit of the more, the main facts in it, together with the previous and thooght Calhoun dull that he could not see
There is much more in the agency of that it was necessity alone that made Van Bu Mr. Balch than readily meets the eye. Gene. ren and the Crawford party support hin für ral Jackson acted in that matter correctly. But Vice President. Now it seems to me that Mai I feel confident that Jr. Balch did not let Gen-Balch is a witness that Van Buren is the na eral Jackson into the secret of all that was in that was to be benefiited by tbe rupture be tended by Crawford's letter; or rather did notiween Jackson an! Calhoun. Nos, he is th: show General Jackson the copy of his letter to individual chosen by the New York Junta to Crawford, or the letter from New York, request. broach the subject to Jackson
. This is an uping Balch's agency for a certain purpose. I varnished statement of the Inovements a:tempam confident if General Jackson knew all the ed.
Why and how they have finally succeed. facts and circumstances of the case, he woulded to produce the scism, is before the public
, spurn Van Buren from his presence. For I am and they, the people, will be able to fix the bound to believe that General Jackson is ho- blame where it shruld rest. nest, though appearances are'i against him. Yours, respectfully
, These are the facts: A parly, or certain in. COMMENT. The object of tbe writer is lo dividuals in New York, wished to run De Witt viodicate General Jackson from the churge that Clinton for Vice President. Clinton upposed be had given a pledge that Mr. Calborn would it on the ground that Calhoun and himself were not come into power in case of his election
. of the same party, and nothing could be gain. We do not believe that Generalăckson, at that ed by it. pressed him tu become a candidate on the Van Buren as his successor; but we cite the let Jackson tichet. Clinton still urged that the pro- ter before us, to prove that he did give a pledge ject was not advisable, and would be prejudi- that he would not use the patronage of the Go cial to the party und his own fame. Alter vernment, so as to promote Mr. Calhoun's po much persuasion, he agreed that if Tennessee litical advancement. This was the pioder woulu nurinate hiin, it would show that Jack- which Mr. Crawford required, and this le gate son was in favor of it, and that New York might Mr. Crawford said to Mr. Balch, "if you can follow. Mr. Balch was made the instrument ascertain that Calhoun will not be benefits to sound General Jackson. Crawford was by Jackson's election, you will do bio a bez written to; Balch gets the answer; enclosed i fit by communicating the information to me to General Jackson, with a suggestion that C:l- His friend says, " Baich gets the answer, CM houn ought or might be dr»pped, and Chuion Cramford's sétier,) enclused it to Gen. Jaekwon." taken up. In a tew days General Jackson call-The of old Romano," then, to: suw better!" ed on Mr. Balch, and returned the letter of The wri'er proceeds, " In a few days General Crawford; stating to Mr. Balch that lie at first Jackson called on Mr. Balch, and returned the felt like investigating the matter; bu: upon re. letter of Mr Crawford, stating to Mi. Balch Aection, concluded to leave it to time; that he eat he first felt like investiga ing the more was sorry he had seen the letter; that Culloun put, upon reflection, c. ncluded to leave it to had been his friend, to all appearances, for the time. That he was súrry he had seen the better
. Jast ten years; and he felt disposed to rely on That Calhoun had been huis tri nd, to all op him as such. That he wished all political dit-pearances, for the lost ten years, and he fit ferences put to an end, and not to be revived, disposed to rely on him as such. That be was as no good could grow out of them. He was «d'all political differences put to an end, und willing the country might seitle these matters, not to be revived, ns no good could go out of and all such, as it had done. That he never them. He was willing the country might belie deserted his friends, and could in 10 way con ihese matters, and all such as it had done. The nive at the proposal of taking up Clinton and fie never'deserted his friends, and could in mo putting down Calboun? That he though way connive at the proposal of taking up Chino higtily of Clinton, and had no doubt, but the ton and purting down Cathoan; 2. be country, al a proper.time, wouls also do jus- thought highly of Mr. Cintor, and how mu tice to Mr. Chton. Thus spoke Jacksun. doubt out the country, a, a proper time, would Mr.
lch says, "I inmediately wrote to also do justice to Mr. Clinton."
Now let the reader mark: Mr. Crawford's, 1o defeat their appointment to offices of much object was to get a pledge that if Jackson was moment. Hence a rumor that the President elected Calhoun would not be benefitted had promised to appoint Mr. Swartwout collecWhat is Gen. Jackson's answer? “That he was for of the port of New York, put into requisiunwilling, then, to enter into a quarrel with Mr. tion all Mr. Van Buren's influence, which was Calhoun, because no good could grow out of it-urged against it. Mr. Swartwout left a friend that he was unwilling, then, to interfere in bere to superintend his interests, who look bringing forward a candidate against Mr. Cal. lodgings at Mr. Eaton's house Thomas L. houn, but he was willing that the country might Smith, who had made his way into the New šeitle these matters; and had no doubt but the York Legislature, came from Albany, in search country would, at a proper time, do justice 10 of a clerkship; and so moderate were his preMr. C,inton;" or, in other words, he said "Mr. tensions, that he was importunate to be anBa'ch, tell Mr. Crawford that it is not prudent pointed chief clerk to Mr. Ingham, to whom he for me to quarrel with Mr. Calhoun now; but urged his pretensions upon ihe ground that he as you ask an assurance that if I am elected was the friend and partisan of Mr. Calhoun. Calhoun will not be benefitted, ail i can say is He returned to Albany, and wrote from thence that the country shall settle that matter." That to Major Eaton, that if Mr. Van Buren defeatis, "if I am tiected, I will not promote Mr. Caled the appointment of Swartwourt, it would houn's political advancement, although I can be considered by every one, a violation of his not now join you in an attempt to put him pledge and a proof that Martin Van Buren, and down."
not General Jackson, was the President of the Such is the plain interpretation of the lan. United States; and concluded!, (and, it is said, guage which this friend of General Jackson that the postscript is often the must important puts into his mouth. Now, what was the ef. part of the letier;) by a wish to be most kindly fect of this pledge? It was a pledge to Mr. remeinbered to ihar excellent, amiable, and Crawford that the patronage of the Government persecuted lady, Mrs. Eaton. This letter was should not be so used as to justify a belief that laid before the President. Swartwourt was apMr. Calhoun's promotion to office, would be pointed collector; his agent sent consul to Livacceptable to General Jackson. Did General erpool, Thus. L. Smith, who had been refused Jackson act on that pledge? When he first a clerkship by Mr. Ingham, was appointed came into power, he intended, as we honestly Register of the Treasury; and the editor of the believe', so to administer the Government as Telegraph was told by the President binself, that none of the contending political parties that Mr. Smith was one of the ablest political could justly charge him with a preference for writers in the United States, and that he would either of the candidates for popular favor; and assist him in conducting the Telegraph. (of hence, at the firsi, he set out with a determina. this we have more to say hereafter.) tion to divide his favors between the friends of The meekness with which Nr. Van Buren Mr. Calhoun and ihose of Mr. Van Buren. Hel accommodated himself to circumstances, was no had determined that neither the friends of Mr. less characteristic than the address by which Calhoun, or of Mr. Van Buren, should have a he obtained, first the control of the President's preference as such. And he appointed Mr. 'favorite Mentor, and then of the President him. Eaton as the special adviser', who was to in- self. In effecting this, the pledge which Gen. form him of thie under currents which, he used Jackson had given to Mr. Crawford through to say, were every day crossing his path. Mr. Mr. Balch, that she was willing that the counEaton was the conficientiał Mentor, whose inti-try should settle these matters," became of the mate knowledge of public men and of parties, first importance; because it enabled Mr. Van was to guide him safely ihruugh all collision Buren, after he had obtained Mr. Eaton's co. Acting upon the proposition that Eaton was to operation, to fulfil Mr. Crawford's requisition be true to him, and imp real between conflict- to the letter, by monopolising the patronage of ing interests, General Jackson openly to lis, and the Government, for the benefit of his own parto uthers, avowed the object and justified his tisans, under the plea that it was wrong for a pointment upon the ground of the necessity General Jackson to appoint the friends of Mr. of his buvmg near his person one friend in whom Calhoun; because such appointments would he could place implicit confidence. Eato Was have a tendency to operate in favor of the Vice for a time filled with noble resolves. He feli President's political preferment. We intend as if he weld the destiny of both Mr. Calhoun to call the attention of the public to some of and of Mr. Van Buren in his hand; and set out the arts by which General Jackson has been with a deler omation to hold the scales even made the dupe and victim of Mr. Van Buren's between them. His power was put to an early polisical intrigues. The letter before us, is of test. Among the most active of General Jack- importance, however, as it proves that General son's supporters, was Gen, Samuel Swartwourt. Jackson had Mr. Crawford's letter in his posHe was an early applicant for Executive favor.session---that he was then notified of the charge So was Mordecai ». Noall. These gentle which he has since made the basis of an open men, with Thomas L. Smith, and a few otuers, rupture with Mr. Calbonn; and which he found had formed a little coterie in the city of New it expedient to pass over until he was persuad, York, who had been the bitter opponents of «d that bis popularity was such that he could Mr. Van Buren; and it became a matter of first appoint Mr. Van Buren as his successor... We moment, on the part of Mr. Van Buren's friends bave some important matter upon this subject,
vicious contrivances were practised to alarm don," said Mr. Campbell, but he is certainly
sence of Col. Towson. They also threatened tion that Mrs.' Jackson had an unfavorable 5.2012 his life if he did not retract, but all in vain. opinion of Mrs. Timberlake, he knew of his
* Their proceedings were daily, and almost hour own knowledge that it was false; and, as to the mit ly made known to the President, by Maj. Lew. charge against the conduct of Major Eaton and
is, who was the aid-de-camp of the old Gene. Mrs. Timberlake, in New York, alleging that si poet ral throughout. When all these preparations they had slept in the same room together," all
were made for a general movement, and Mr. that could be proved, was, that they had been
Bradford had made his report from New York, seen on the bed together. He did not reacl the into General Jackson sent for Dr. Ely to come to report of Mr. Bradford, or any of the depoDia Washington—then summoned his cabinet, ex sitions; but said it amounted to nothing niore
cept Major Eaton, and invited Mr. Campbell than that they were sitting on the bed together. op to attend. Major Lewis was also in waiting. After having gone ihrough, he called upon Dr. :, *# The Chief Magistrale and the Heads of Depart. Ely to give his opinion of the evidence. The es ments, his constitutional advisers, being thus Doctor came to the conclusion, that there was a bete assembled in the Council Chamber, the former no positive evidence to convict Major Eaton of i opened his budget, in form, with all the solem- an improper connexion with Mrs. Timberlake;
nity due to the most momentous concern of the but (nor Mrs. Eaton neither,” said General nation. He began by a speech on the great sin Jackson hastily) on that point," said the Doctor, of calumny, &c., stating what charges had “I would rather not say.” “She's as chasto as been made against Major and Mrs. Eaton, and a virgin," said Gen. Jackson. "After Dr. Fly asserting in the most solemn manner, they took his seat, Mr. Campb-ll begged permission were true, that he would separate them from to say a few words, in explanation of the matter the administration ; but that Major Eaton was before the Council: he briefly expressed the #.freemason, and Timberlake was a mason-motives which had influenced his conduct in and that Eaton had, as all masons know, taken this business, in which he very solemnly de. a most solemn oath nover to defile a brother's clared that his only object was to promote the wife. That he had known Major Eaton for interests of religion and morality, and the wel. twenty years, and was satisfied that he was a fare of Gen. Jackson's administration; that lie man of spotless character, &c. &c. He then had communicated nothing to the opponents of introduced the charges more particularly. "Mr. Gen. Jackson; but, on the contrary, had desired Campbell's witness," he said, “was id dead to make the fact known directly to himself, Doctor, who had, by his own admission, vio-through one of his mosi confidential friends. lated his, professional oath to keep his partner's He then proceeded to comment on the tes. secrets, and was, therefore, not to be believed; timony of Dr. Craven and his family, when, he that his wife and mother had made contradicto. was very abruptly stopped by Gen. Jackson, ry statements, and they were not to be believ. charging him with misrepresenting. Mr. Camp
ed.” Here Mr. Campbell requested to have bell desired permission to proceed, and was the statements read, but General Jackson re- making some further remarks on ibe evidence, fused. But,” said be, if it were true that when he was again stopped with great rudeMrs. Timberlake had a miscarriage, at the ness, charged with wiliul misrepresentation; time Mr. Campbell alleges, the child was, no ana distincily given to understand, that he had doubt, her husband's; for (said he) I have seen not been invited there to discuss these matters. Timberlake's books, with his own writing, so Mr. Campbell then said, "I perceive that I late in the same year (say.) 1825, that I am satis- nave mistaken the object of the invitation to fied on that point.”
come here-that it was not to give me an op“Here Gen. Jackson mentioned the latest portunity of saying any thing in my justification: date he had seen in the books, and also the I have therefore only to say, that I stand ready date of the miscarriage, according to the al- to prove, in a court of justice, all I have said, leged statement of Dr. Craven and his family and more than I have sa.d, or would have dared When he had got thus far, Mr. Campbell in- to say flaree days ago;' upon which he retired, formed the President that he had made a mis and the scene ended. take of one year, in fixing the time of the mis. “Before this meeting took place, General carriage; that it was stated by Dr. Craven 10 Jackson sent his man Lewis to take a pew in have occurred in a certain month, say in 1826, another church, and afterwards he did all he more than a year after Timberlake left the could to induce his dependants to do the same. country. "No, Sir," said the General, "you Mr. Campbell was from that time forth persen fixed it in 1825.” “I beg the President's par. cuted by all the influence of the President
An invitation given to him a few evenings be mission to England, under marks of the most
, injustice to a pious, unoffending minister of the and the society we live in, we have a right 19 gospel; bis utter disregard of the plainest pre- speak of things as they are. You must iberecepts of morality, and the abuse of the power fore be informed, that Mr. Yan Barem no of his station to slur and slander the pious deat, sooner disci vered the debasing weakness of in order to veil the sins of a vicious favorite, Gen. Jackson, and his feverish ambition, (to tending by its example, not merely to contami: maintain a tyrannical power over the society of nate tie society of the national metropolis, but Washington, and especially over the members to pollute the morals of the whole nation. Will of his Cabinet, in their domestic relations 25 regular attendance at church and saying grace well as public acts) than he seized
upor before meat, give to such a man ally claim to infirmity as the means of acquiring an ascendo the character of a Christian?
ancy over him. He commenced his operarios • You will, perhaps, be curious to know how by entreating ladies who came to the seat of I became so minutely acquainted with these Government, to visit the spurious bride Bellona. transactions; I can only say, in reply to such an Having some special claims, by virtue of his inquiry, that there are no a few persons in this patronage, upon the wives of the Ministers who city to whom these matters are quite familiar. were about to go abroad, he succeeded in pretailI have sought the facts from various authenticing on two ladies, thus circumstanced, tu make sources, and have given you such as will, the important visit. "From this moment, ube bave no doubt, be corroborated by every non whole business of the admir.istration was blendest witness who was present at any of them. 1 ed, more or less, with the more nents of Me have, however, only given you an outline, and Van Buren's protege. She could make what this without the slightest coloring. If the whole appointments 'she pleased. A card upon
her realicy could be given just as it occurred, and mantel, was a passport to presidential favor. as must be known to the witness, I am persund. As there were men enough wanting offices, ed, from all I have heard, that it would suffúse who were indifferent to the means of procuring with shame, every face that has been erected in them, she liad such visits in abundance. But favor of this miserable old man.
the ladies, to their everlasting, honor, with very "A LOOKER ON.” few exceptions, would not submit to this de
basement. Bellona could not get into society LETTER No. 13.
without their aid. She could not be invited " WASHINGTON, January 27, 1832. "I cannot forbear to devote one letter to the and Harry were invited;" nor could she make
even to "large parties," where 'Tom, Dick
, explanation of the facts which have led to the parties, suited to her ambition, where the rejection of Mr. Van Buren's nomination. This absence of the whole circle of ladies, who were is the first instance in which a nomination of met with at other places, would be noticed and that grade has been rejected by the Senate, made a theme of conversation. One attempt : since the formation of the Government, als of this kind aggravated her mortification. though the Senate has been frequently, in its " Mr. Van Buren, who was the advisep boch political organization, opposed :o the President of Bellona and the chief of the place, now When it is considered that air. Van Buren was came forward to make a new and desperate ef for many years a member of the Senate, of fort, and calculating upon tlie influence of this course carrying in his favor all that feeling asu station, backed by prospect of the succesian ally described by the French phrase, esprit du and the whole power of the Executive, he went corps; and was translated from thence to the to work in his usual way; not boldly and opez highest office in the gift of the President, where ly, but as the serpent did when he tempted he became his special favorite, and was dis-móther Eve. "Ile sat " squat like a toad," ** tinctly avowed to be his candidate for the suc- the ear of each object of his insidious art. The cession, the vote of the Senate must be regard-whole diplomatic
was ed as vne of the remarkable events of our Go. A ball and supper was got up by his Escellency
, vernment, and consequently deserving the Mr. Vaughan, a particular friend, as the Globe speciul notice of the people. Mr. Van Buren, says, and an old bachelor. Astor various sirals
. after having secured all the appointments in the gems to keep Bellona afloat during the evening, State and War Departments to suit his own in which almost every cotillion in which she purposes, and arranged 10 secure in future made her appearance, was instantly dissolved those of the Treasury and Post Office Depart. into its original elements
, she was at length code ments to be made in the same way, accepts of alducted by the British minister to the head of his
put in requiritiche