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MY DEAR SIR, . . . Nothing stands between the country and unbounded prosperity in all branches of its industry, but the unfortunate Mexican war. All now acknowledge its folly, and desire most heartily to get out of it as soon as possible; but it is hard to do that, without the lead and cooperation of the Administration. If they had sufficient sense and nerve, it could be easily accomplished. I have pointed out the way, and offered my best efforts to aid in conversation; but they hesitate; and will I fear, untill plunged into inextricable difficulties.
I have thus far been silent and inactive, in hope some opportunity would offer to enable me to act with effect. None has yet offered, and I fear none will. If none should, I will take the tirst good occassion to express my opinion fully, as to the course, which ought to be pursued.
My friends think I never stood higher, or stronger than I now do. Time has justified the wisdom of my course, in reference to the Mexican war; and the caucus machinery, which has ever been opposed to me, is evidently giving away. The election of Hunter and Mason to the Senate is proof conclusive, that it is rapidly on the decline in Virginia. I hold it to be now certain that tfrere will be no more Baltimore nominations, or if there should be, the nominee will be assuredly defeated.
The Administration has been endeavouring to build up, through Benton, the old Van Buren party, but all in vain. They will probably next try the Cass party, but, I think, with as little hope of success. We hold the balance, and it is felt.
My health, with the usual exception of cold and cough, during the winter here, has been pretty good fully as much so. as I could expect with the little exer[cise] I take, and the course of living in such a place as this.
My love to Anna. Kiss the dear children for their Grandfather, and tell them how much I want to see them.
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.