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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
n and women in Washington for the greater part of half a century. This naturally threw her children into the most pleasant surroundings and companionship. I personally remember and knew every President of the United States from the time of Martin Van Buren. And here Mr. Semmes smiled pleasantly as he recalled the first time that he had ever seen Mr. Van Buren. It was at a children's party given in Washington at the residence of Mr. Forsythe, one of the cabinet officers. I was a little bterized by his enemies as the most extravagant of the Presidents. In the next campaign, when he was a candidate for re-election, the gold spoons were used against him with telling vengeance. Everywhere the cry rang out in the North against Martin Van Buren's extravagance, and with this cry that of Tippecanoe and Tyler, too, with the result that Harrison was elected. But succeeding years have shown that Mr. Van Buren's administration was the most economical of all the Presidents, notwithstandi