Cherokee Phoenix

From Poulson's Daily Advertiser

Published March, 3, 1832

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From Poulson's Daily Advertiser.


The war made on Mr. Calhoun by the Van Burenites, is one of the most natural events in the history of these eventful times. It will be recollected that Mr. Crawford, he being in Mr. Monroe's cabinet, and Mr. Van Buren, he seeking to be elevated, somehow out of it, made the attempt to disgrace and overthrow Mr. Monroe's administrations. This is history. It will be recollected that Mr. Calhoun met, almost in his own person this foul plot, and overthrew it, literally destroying Mr. Crawford, and scattering his radical forces. For this he is never to be forgiven. His great error, afterwards, consisted in uniting himself to Gen. Jackson, and with this same radical phalanx; for the old radical party are nearly to a man, Jackson. Here it was believed by M. Van Buren, that Mr. Calhoun would be again prominent, and his rival. He knew General Jackson' s attachment to Mr. Calhoun, and his hatred of Crawford. It became necessary therefore, he having cut a somerset out of the Crawford into the Jackson ranks, and became Secretary of State, to rid himself of his rival, and bring into complete favor Mr. Crawford and the radical party. Hence the rupture between Jackson and Calhoun, as disclosed in the late correspondence. This was Van Buren's machine for blowing Calhoun up. It exploded admirable. Calhoun's downfall was essential to Van Buren's elevation. This was the scheme to effect it. It is remarkable instance of the wily, deceitful, cunning of Van Buren. This overthrow of Calhoun, and the disaffection of General Jackson towards him and his friends, was followed, as it was intended, by dismissing the latter from office. This made way for the old Crawford party, and served to unite it to Van Buren, by the double tie of ancient fellowship and recent 'rewards'. Noah is an example. The devoted partizan of Crawford-the deadly enemy of Mr. Monroe, Calhoun and Jackson; he suddenly turns about, glorifies the hero, is rewarded, and now the paper which he is the soul is the leading Van Buren paper in the City of New York. He who could clap his hands to his ears and impiously thank God, (in view of Jackson's spirit towards his enemies to whom Noah knew he was one) that they were not cut off, is by the magical, suddenly made to glorify Jackson; extol him as God, and worship him as such!!! This is only one case. Ritchie another old Crawford partizan, is another-there are hundreds such.

Thus has Mr. Van Buren's scheme been perfected. He insinuated himself into Jackson's confidence--(it took him however two months to affect this) when he went to work, excluding Mr. Calhoun from it, and his friends from office. By the same movement he brought about a reconciliation between Jackson and Crawford, and introduced into favor the radical faces that had been so completely routed by the Republicans in 1823-4.

We have said Mr. Calhoun's error consisted in becoming part of any party which contained in it the routed leaders of the Crawford or Radical party for he ought to have known, that as Mr. Crawford, whilst a member of Mr. Monroe's Cabinet, endeavored to ruin that pure patriot and statesman-that for what Mr. Calhoun did to sustain Mr. Monroe, he would never would be forgiven, he had nothing to look for, in this unnatural union, but such a fate as he has realized.

But he was in error on another point. It was in contributing to elevate, by any means, such a man as he must have known Gen. Jackson to be, to the exalted office of President of the United States. For this he deserves to suffer. He has been made to feel that this was indeed an error, and that he was instrumental in disgracing the country by such a preference. He sees, too, that he was mistaken in supposing a union with the Radicals would extract the poison from their hearts, which they cherished towards him. It is not in the nature of Mr. Van Buren to forgive any man who has the power which Mr. Calhoun possesses, and we will add, the honesty, especially when the exercise of both carried such destruction into his hopes, as he was made to experience when he fell in the same slough with his intended leader, Mr. Crawford.

But we are not going to see Mr. Calhoun destroyed. He is an honor and ornament to the nation. He has done to the state service. And may do again. But much is expected of him. He is no doubt sorry for the past, touching the two matters referred to. We forgive him, and we conjure him by all the love he bears for his country, for its honor, and fame. to employ his great powers in driving from our temple those 'buyers and sellers,' who, in a scramble for gain, are defiling it, and rendering us as a people, the reproach of the world.

We conjure the intelligent and enlightened of all parties, to rally under the only standard that waves over our rights and liberties. A pause may ruin all! Whoever is a patriot, let him show it--whoever will destroy the plot which is decided upon to make Van Buren President, let him act. We warn the people!- Deception and disgrace are in store for us if there be not union. Let the intelligent and virtuous of all parties unite to rid the country of Jackson and his misrule. That is the rallying point. It is of minor consequence who succeeds him, things cannot be worse.

We entreat the people not to be deceived. It will be too late to relent after the evil is fastened on us. We announce it, as part of the Van Buren and Jackson plan, that another term for Gen. Jackson, means two thirds of it, at least, for Martin Van Buren. We say this will be, even should Jackson live. But we will not for a moment believe that the good people of our country, will give their votes in view of such a contrivance, and such deception and disgrace.