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A close exam of the advance of the People's get together of recent York within the early nineteenth century, studying the interaction of pursuits and beliefs in the back of the move and the relationships among the emergent political tradition that reinforced that circulation and the Whig and Democratic events o

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Before late March, Bayley's office had twice come up in discussions, during which Clinton had forced the four Bucktails to back away from giving the office to Drake. 37 Clinton confronted the Bucktail councillors with the danger of leaning too far towards one side in the controversy over yellow fever. Importationist 30 "His Story Is Told" William Coleman's Evening Post would doubtless greet a Drake appointment with reproach, and future science might prove Bayley right. 38 Equally important, Clinton stood by a principle meaningful to the young lawyers with whom he stood before Yates: expertise must take precedence over partisan management.

The fifty-year-old William James took the chair of the 16 April meeting in Skinner's Mansion House, but much younger men were very much in evidence. Assemblyman Thomas B. Campbell of Chautauqua County, a thirty-three-year-old New Hampshire-born entrepreneur, presided along with James. The judge advocate general, Peter Gansevoort of Albany, aged thirty-four, and Charles G. Haines, aged thirty, who was then practising law in New York City, praised the governor for crafting policy in the face of partisan fury.

8 Menaced by divisions that would inevitably emerge as they chose their candidates, the Bucktails (the Van Burenites and ex-Federalists in particular) had vainly striven to protect the secrecy of their proceedings. The dissension did not centre on the possibilities of VicePresident Daniel D. Tompkins. Tompkins had lost one gubernatorial race, he came from the wrong part of the state - Staten Island - and problems with alcohol and personal finances eliminated him as a candidate. But Canal Commissioner Samuel Young of Saratoga had struck a consistently democratic posture during the Constitutional Convention.

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