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Bank of the United States
. . . We are obliged to receive and glad to receive nominations from any respectable quarter, & always treat them with respect but you must not suspect that any particular consideration is given to nominations from Washington. With Washington, in its character as the seat of Gov , the Bank has no concern. It has in fact nothing to do with the Gov, except that in administering the national finances, it will give its aid cordially and sincerely to every administration. But with no administration will it have any political connexion. Nor would the influence of the President and all the Departments put together be sufficient to appoint a single Director who was not considered qualified for his trust. This independence forms the point of honor with the Bank. You must not, therefore, believe for a moment, that any influence from any quarter could interfere with the regular course of our nominations or prevent our consulting you and our friends in Nashville on a subject of so much importance as the choice of those to whom the prosperity of the Bank is entrusted.
- Nicholas Biddle
- The correspondence of Nicholas Biddle Dealing With National Affairs 1807