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Week in History: June 21–27

Saint Louis June 21 1842
Dear Sublette
It is dif­fi­cult to deter­mine at what point to write you but as
the boat by which I send this goes no high­er than Glasgow
I will direct to you at Jef­fer­son city where you will no doubt
find a host of let­ters await­ing you.
Shawnee­town mon­ey con­tin­ues to depre­ci­ate and is now fast
approach­ing the val­ue of State Bank mon­ey. I hope you have
received intel­li­gence to guard you against tak­ing it. I think
it will con­tin­ue to depre­ci­ate for there is lit­tle con­fi­dence in
the man­age­ment of the insti­tu­tion and still less in the hon-
esty of the directory.
At your farm all moves along smooth­ly and all the family
are well-on Sun­day I took out Vir­ginia and our lit­tle Boy
to vis­it Mrs. Cook-every thing goes along as well as if you
were here, and Mrs. Cook says better.
Mr. Van Buren arrived here to day and was wel­comed by
the largest crowd I ever saw in St. Louis (foot­note 26) he is at the Planters
House and dined to day at the Ladies Ordi­nary-on one side
of him sat Geo. Col­lier and on the oth­er Mr. Whit­comb who
accom­pa­nied Mr. Van Buren. I have not yet called on him but |
think I will very soon. , ’
R. Campbell

Col. W. L. Sublette
Jef­fer­son City, Mo.

26 An edi­to­r­i­al com­ment on the day after Van Buren’s arrival, states:
… “The pub­lic recep­tion we take it, is evi­dence of the feel­ing which
the pub­lic enter­tain for Mr. Van Buren as a politi­cian and statesman.
Beyond this, we know that our fel­low cit­i­zens are ready to pay him every
cour­tesy and atten­tion, and will freely con­tribute by every means in their
pow­er to ren­der his sojourn amongst us pleas­ant and agree­able. From
the cit­i­zens of St. Louis he may expect all the hos­pi­tal­i­ty due to the
indi­vid­ual man and the high sta­tion he has filled; but, as a politician,
he has seen enough to learn that there are few who greet him with a
cor­dial wel­come, and still few­er that are will­ing to do homage to his
course… Many of the most respectable and influ­en­tial of the Locofoco
par­ty stood back, and through­out seemed to take no inter­est in the pro-
ceed­ings. Was this per order from the Colonel [Ben­ton] in Washington?”
Mis­souri Repub­li­can June 22, 1842.