1840 · [Washington
One of two different Washington printings, the Letter explains why Hopkins, a Virginia Democratic Congressman, continues to support Martin Van Buren. Though Hopkins had vigorously opposed Van Buren's banking policies, most particularly his Independent Treasury, he now modestly confesses error. Harrison, Van Buren's Whig opponent, is a Federalist of the old school with views "favorable to the federal administration of the elder Adams."
Harrison's views on a variety of important subjects-- slavery, the relation of the federal to the state governments-- are "confused, inconsistent and unsatisfactory", and motivated by unseemly ambition for the presidency.
AI 40-3257 . Not in Haynes, Swem. (Inventory #: 24233)