Washington 11th Dec'r 1823
MY DEAR SIR We were deeply afflicted with your loss. It is the most trying of all dispensations.
I read your communication and gave it the direction which you requested. It is excellent; very full and accurate, and
will well bear publication. Col. Tilghman writes to me occasionally, but I have not leisure to reply as fully as it is desired.
Your communication to him will remove the necessity of a detail of facts in my answer to him. The Carolina legislature
has moved. Its movement was wholly spontaneous, and contrary to the advice of our friends here. It is, however, as
well. The whole body consists of 169, of which about 155 attended, it being all who were present, and well. The nomination was unanimous with the exception of 4 or 5.
If I can, I wish to get along without the money accommodations, but I wish you to make the arrangement in (rase I should
wish it, and let me know, whether it can be done.
The movement at Annapolis to which you refer, had better
be delayed untill it can be certainly made. Certainty is more important than promptitude. The Radicals are checked here,
and disconsolate. I do not doubt that they will rally under some other chief in less than 5 months. I have much to say but have not time.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.