New York Feby 1 1830
I send you Irving's letter having already forwarded the other several days since. The part that relates to the Talisman I copied and sent to Sands. I am much obliged to you for permitting me to avail myself of the information they contain. The articles I made from them are, I observe, republished in most other papers out of the city except perhaps in the violent opposition papers. 1
Mr. Burnham told me he had written you two letters on the subject of city and state politics. He has I fancy given you a view of things peint en laid [i.e., an ugly picture]. There has been a good deal of noise here about various matters within a few weeks. Throop's appointments of Masters in Chancery, Commissioners &c. have not been very popular. Many of them are Adams men, some are minors it is said and some aliens. Dean2 said he had refused to administer the oath to two or three of the commissioners on the ground of being aliens-- Thomas Bolton a good Jackson man and an old federalist has been turned out of an office which he filled to great acceptance, and this has displeased many. 3 I heard Dean --a regular Tammany man you know--[prating?] most vehemently the other day about the whole list of appointments, declaring them the shabbiest he had ever known made.
Then there is Mr. Webb's attempt to get the printing of the legal notices--but we are assured from Albany it will go no further. I cannot learn that his project received any strong support from the party here-- the strongest and most respectable of them I believe were against it.
I have begun my letter on the wrong side--no matter--I proceed to the next subject--the New University. 4 You have read all about it and know the different projects and the nature of the controversy. The New