William Drayton papers, 1830 Oct. 13-1841 Feb. 2 [microfilm].


Drayton, William, 1776-1846. William Drayton papers, 1830 Oct. 13-1841 Feb. 2 [microfilm].

William Drayton papers, 1830 Oct. 13-1841 Feb. 2 [microfilm].

Letters, 1830-1841, from Drayton written to Joel Roberts Poinsett, discussing Nullification and the political controversy in S.C. between unionists and nullifiers, the tariff debate in Congress, and investigation of the Second Bank of the United States. Letter, 13 Oct. 1830, commenting on public letter, 20 Sept. 1830, written by Langdon Cheves to the citizens of Columbia, S.C., encouraging secession, "His proposition to the Southern States, to combine, in order that they may separate, is disunion in an aggravated form"; letter, 12 Feb. 1831, confirming the rumor that President Andrew Jackson and Vice President John C. Calhoun "are not on good terms with each other" and mentioning the opinion that Calhoun was preparing a pamphlet vindicating his character "in reply to the various aspersions that have been cast upon it... by Mr. Crawford & others." Letter, 27 Dec. 1831, citing a strong inclination for an early consideration of the tariff with [George] McDuffie and [John Quincy] Adams anxious for their separate bills to be heard and referring to address from S.C. Gov. [James] Hamilton to the S.C. legislature as "violent & inflammatory [but]... less so than I... supposed it would have been"; letter, 28 Feb. 1832, requesting that upon Poinsett's arrival in Charleston, S.C., "to receive from Mrs. Drayton 400 U.S. Bank shares" and to deliver them to Drayton in Washington, D.C. Letter, 19 Mar. 1832, reviewing the tariff debate, asserting that prospects for a favorable adjustment were more promising than when Poinsett served in Washington, and mentioning "our friend [Churchill C.] Cambreleng" and the committee "appointed to examine into the transactions of the Bank of the United States"; letter, 5 Apr. 1832, speculating re the plans of the nullifiers in S.C. and Congressional steps "to influence the conduct of the leaders of nullification...." Letter, 31 Dec. 1832, discussing the tariff question and reviewing an interview with Jackson whom he urged "not to interfere with our party by offering them the aid of the federal troops... he hopes to see the patriots of South Carolina put down sedition & rebellion themselves"; and letter, 13 Jan. 1833, relating his discussion with Jackson re affairs in S.C. and his efforts to prevent or delay intervention from Federal authorities.

17 letters.

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