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MY DEAR SIR, Your letter gave me the first intimation I had, that the Whigs contemplated taking up the individual you refer to for the Senate. I had supposed, after what had occured, he would be to them the most obnoxious man in the Union, and the very last they would select. But there is no knowing what sudden and unexpected changes may be made in such corrupt times. It is not much less surprising, they should select the man they have to fill the collector's place.
As to the subtreasury, you will have seen, that Mr Clay has already moved its repeal, and the part I took in the debate, which is fairly reported in the Globe, but infavourably, as usual, as far as I am concerned, in the Intelligencer. I had the good fortune, in my remarks, to obtain the approbation of all sides, even Clay's friends. I disagree with you, that we ought to agree to the repeal. I do not despair, (if we can preserve it,) of defeating the National bank. There will be found great difficulty in getting one. We must run the hazard of the bad management of the Subtreasury to defeat the bank. That is all important.
It seems to be agreed, that Webster is to take the State Department, Ewing of Ohio, the Post Office, Crittenden to be attor'y Gen'l. and Seargent probably the Treasury and Bell the War Dep't. l It is also thought, Clay assents to the arrangement, with the understanding, that he is to have the succession.
The policy of the party is clearly to create a national debt, and, out of the stock, to make a bank, and, with the two, establish a tariff. Nothing can be done in reference to the last this session.
I will always be glad to hear from you. What did you do in reference to the rail road?
My love to Maria and Eliza and family.
- John C. Calhoun
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.