Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER IX.
THE STAMPING OUT OF NULLIFICATION.

REJECTION OF MARTIN VAN BUREN--THE WAR AGAINST THE UNITED STATES BANK--NICK BIDDLE, OF THE BANK--RE-ELECTION OF GEN- ERAL JACKSON--FINANCIAL DEBATES IN THE SENATE--CALHOUN, OF SOUTH CAROLINA--SECESSION STAMPED OUT--UNION PROCLAMA- TION--THE EXPUNGING RESOLUTION--A SENATORIAL SCENE--AN APPEAL FROM THE CHAIR.

THE rejection by the Senate of the nomination of Martin Van Buren as Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain, was an act of retributive justice, carried out on the very spot where, five years before, he had formed the combination which overthrew the Administration of John Quincy Adams. John C. Calhoun, who was the organizer of the rejection of Mr. Van Buren, thought that he had obtained pledges of a sufficient number of votes; but just before the ayes and noes were called Mr. Webster left the Senate Chamber, and going down into the Supreme Court room remained there until the vote had been taken. Mr. Calhoun consequently found himself one vote short, and had to give the casting vote, as President of the Senate, which rejected the nomination of his rival, who was already in England, where he had been received with marked attention.

Returning to the United States, Mr. Van Buren was warmly welcomed at the White House as a victim of Mr. Calhoun's opposition to the President, and he was

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