James Madison Papers

James Barbour to James Madison, 14 February 1824

Washington Feby. 14th. 24

Dear Sir

In reply to yours of the 11th. I beg leave to inform you that I presented again to Mr. Barbour your claim, who has promised to meet it in a few weeks—Should he do so I will advise you of it immediately—On the subject of our note to the Bank Mr Allen informed me that as the Mr Taliaferro did not present a satisfactory note the old one was continued—He had written them on the subject. I have heard nothing from him since. The moment I do I will take the needful measures—

We have here, as you may well suppose a troubled Scene—Affording but little consolation for one who feels only for his Country—We Shall meet to night about 70 Strong—add to these about 20 more who either from principle or fear will not attend—which is about Mr. Crawford’s Strength—Take the following Scale of the Strength of the different Candidates as presenting something near the fact, and State of parties—

Crawford . 93

Adams . . . 38

Clay . . . 32

Calhoun . 25

Jackson . . 23



Doubtful . . . 9

Fedlst. say . 40

Absent . . . 1



I should not be surprized if Mr Gallatin should be recommended by our party for the Vice Presidency—I offer you my best respects

James Barbour.


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