In order to put you more fully in possession of the facts I enclose
you Mr. Cambreleng's two last letters relating to my application.
first letter communicating Mr. McLane's answer at the time the application was mentioned to him in February I cannot at present lay my hand
I have the honor to be
with the greatest respect and consideration
Your obedient servant
WM. C. BRYANT
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft; final copy unrecovered).
Cambreleng had written Bryant six months earlier that he had spoken to Louis
McLane, the Secretary of State, who "expressed every intention to gratify you." December 12,1833, NYPL-BG.
Bryant's letter is unrecovered. His recollection of the response was faulty; on
February 12 Cambreleng had written, "I had intended speaking to Mr. McLane about
your visit abroad--but I have particular reasons for postponing it till it is settled that
he remains where he is." NYPL-GR. McLane was then in opposition to the President
over the withdrawal of government deposits from the Bank of the United States, and
it was thought he might have to resign from the cabinet. See Schlesinger, Age of Jackson, p. 101.
In April the French parliament had refused to pay damage claims for American merchant ships seized during the Napoleonic wars. Bailey, Diplomatic History,
Cf. MS copy of Cambreleng's letter in Bryant's handwriting, NYPL-GR.
Bryant's letter to McLane is unrecovered.
MS copy in Bryant's handwriting of a letter from Cambreleng dated June 10,
No reply to this letter from President Jackson has been found, nor any evidence
that he took action on Bryant's request.
These were evidently the original letters from which Bryant made the copies
referred to in Notes 4 and 6.
286. To John Howard Bryant
New York June 21 1834.
I have engaged a passage in the packet ship Poland which sails for Havre on Tuesday. I have visited Cummington and found all our friends
quite well. Mother yet talks of going to Illinois; but I found the rest of
the family apparently less desirous of a removal than I had expected.
I have your two letters, one written in April and the other in May.
I am sorry you have so much trouble about the Cutler note. I supposed
you would be compelled to take no more trouble about it than you were
willing to take for the sake of the use of the money when collected. I have
mentioned your proposition to Bliss about making a deduction, but he
does not relish it--so my account with him now remains unsettled till I
return. Bliss says you must write to Cutler and tell him that you will sue