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1 Dudley Marvin, Letter of the Hon. Dudley Marvin, of New York 1 (1848)

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                                      OF THE


                                                FREWSBURG, N. Y.,%1tgust 15, 1848.
   DEAR siR: Presuming upon the short acquaintance we have had, I take the liberty to address a few
 ;ines to you. Arid, first, believing you to be honest in your views, I wish your opinion of the pro-
 priety of supporting the nominees of the Buffalo Convention; whether you think a person honestly
 opposed to the extension of slavery could support, consistently, either nominee of the other Conven-
                               Yours, respectfully,           JAMES PARKER.

   DEAR SIR: Congress adjourned on Monday, the 14th inst. Important business
 ,having detained me for a few days, your letter of the 12th instant reached me here,
 ,to which I have the pleasure to reply.
   You ask my opinion of the propriety of supporting the nominees of the Buffalo
 'Convention, and whether I think a person honestly opposed to the exten-ion of sla-
 very could support, consistently, either nominee of the other Conventions.
 . An interesting inquiry, truly, and one to which I would be glad to respond per-
 sonally, in the hearing of every one of my constituents, to whichever of the political
 parties of the day he may belong, or may be disposed to attach himself. Not one
 among them all can be unsolicitous upon the absorbing subject embraced in your
 inquiry. Not one can be found among them all, I venture to assert, who is not, in
 heart and soul, honestly opposed to the extension of slavery. Assuming this to be the
 honest feeling of the citizens in Western New York, what course does wisdom prompt
 as most likely to attain the object which must be near the heart of every good man
 among them? You ask my opinion-and I am free to say, in relation to the first
 branch of your inquiry, that my opinion is, it would not be wise to cast a vote for
 the nominees of the Buffalo Convention. The grounds for this opinion will be given
 with all frankness.
   I assume the question of free or slave territory, as your inquiries would presup-
pose, to be paramount to all others, and shall state in my reply how, as I believe,
most effectually to guard against the extension of slavery. The first exercise of
power, in relation to this question, lies with Congress. And I feel as certain
as I can be, upon any fact depending on future legislation, that the present Congress
will pass no law which shall sanction the existence of slavery in the territories re-
cently acquired from Mexico. Indeed, the recent votes in relation to Oregon
may well warrant the presumption that no bill can pass the present House of Rep-
resentatives which does not contain a prohibitory clause. Should such a bill also
pass the Senate, the communication of the President, accompanying his approval of
the Oregon bill, leaves no doubt it would be met by an Executive veto. If I am
correct in these suggestions, perhaps we can only look to a future Congress for the
extension of a civil government, in due form, over the newly acquired territories.
At all events, it is only in connexion with the acts of a future Congress that the
question of the next Presidency becomes material.
   I shall not dwell on the new position of Mr. Van Buren, but shall assume in this
connexion that, however directly opposed to the acts of his entire political life, his
uiew professions will be adhered to, and that, if elected President, he will, in the
exercise of the veto power, carry out the principles avowed at the Buffalo Conven-
   I lirect my attention to the inquiry whether the true friends of the bond man,
not the politicians of such varied hue who have, from every extreme of political
J. & G. &. Gideon, printers.

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