ESTABLISHING THE Globe
Speak and speak out and sow wisdom about.-- PUNCH.
THE Globe was brought into existence chiefly because of factional strife which existed between the friends of Van Buren and Calhoun. The Eaton Malaria, as Van Buren called the Eaton scandal, finally broke when the President reorganized his Cabinet. The veto of the Maysville Road bill warned Calhoun that his cherished political plank of internal improvements was eschewed by the President. It was a distinct triumph for Van Buren, who had counselled the President to veto the bill;1 "it robbed Calhoun of a popular policy and weakened him so much that his enemies dared to proceed to destroy him utterly." Something was needed to complete the widening breach between Jackson and Calhoun. It existed in Calhoun's action in Monroe's Cabinet ( 1818) when he counselled the disciplining of General Jackson for his invasion of Florida. Major Lewis, a member of the Kitchen Cabinet and brother-in-law to Eaton, left no stone unturned in his attempt to set up Van Buren for Jackson's successor and to destroy Calhoun politically. Crawford, who still smarted from the sting of defeat, watched Calhoun jealously, and entered with alacrity into the scheme. Jackson was given possession of the information, which Calhoun had so long kept from him, through the intrigues of Lewis, Crawford, and James Hamilton. The angered President frigidly inquired of the Vice-President if he had opposed General Jackson's invasion of Florida. Calhoun attempted to explain his actions in that matter, but failed to satisfy Jackson. A correspondence between the two men was carried on through the summer____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Francis Preston Blair Family in Politics. Volume: 1. Contributors: William Ernest Smith - Author. Publisher: The Macmillan Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1933. Page number: 56.