Van Buren, Martin
(1782-1862) 8th President of the United States (1837-41). Autograph Letter Signed ("M.V. Buren") as U.S. Senator, two pages, 9¾ x 7¾ inches, n.p., n.d. (docket notes receipt on Sept. 1, 1823). To Judge Miller, in part: "I have been disappointed in not hearing from you or any one else before on the subject of the Otsego suit. I infer however that Mr. H will be able to provide himself with other counsel and will be well pleased to find my influence counts. Our young Price from N York is waiting here to go out with me. I will thank you to drop me a line by return post that I may either retain or send him off with certainty…."
Written two years into his term as senator from New York. In 1821, Van Buren was made a member of the Congressional convention charged with revising New York's state constitutuon. Because his party (he was one of the founders of the Democratic party) was not strong enough to send him from his own district, he was sent to represent Otsego County. As senator, he advocated a moderate course of reform, the limited extension of suffrage, and legislative reforms that would take power away from the assembly and transfer it to the governor, giving that office the power of veto. The convention was instrumental in making Van Buren's reputation, but he was largely motivated by party politics. As he notes here, "…my influence counts." One small edge tear, else fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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