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MY DEAR SIR I feel it to be due to myself to enclose you the New York Mirror of the 13th Inst. and to direct your attention to that portion of an article which I have designated by ink lines. I do this for the single purpose of declaring the entire falsity of the publication, most especially so far as it ascribes to me any unfriendly intentions towards you while you were a member of my Cabinet, or the knowledge of any plot or machination on the part of others of a character injurious to you. So far from this I do not hesitate to say that from the time of your acceptance of the Secretary-ship of State to the close of my Administration, you possessed my entire confidence, and that had it been otherwise you would have been informed of it from my own lips. I held no consultation as to Cabinet appointments and most generally they were not announced to others until they were irrevocably made. Such was the fact in your own case. My object throughout was by calling the highest talents to my Cabinet, to secure myself through great public measures an honorable mention in history. Whether this object has been accomplished or not the future alone can determine. The assumption of motive which is made to me by this libellous writer for calling you to the Cabinet, you are as well aware as myself to be wholly unfounded.
I have abstained from noticing the numberless attacks which have been made upon me as well since as before I left office, but in this instance I have deem'd it proper to break my uniform silence.
With best wishes for your health and happiness I am y'rs &c
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.