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1 Ante, p. 455.
2 ‘Suppose the friends of Judge White [Hugh Lawson White, of Tennessee, a Presidential candidate of the time], at the South, should appoint committees to plunder the mail of all letters and newspapers which espoused the cause of Mr. Van Buren; how long would the partizans of the latter gentleman submit to the robbery?’ (W. L. G. in Lib. 5: 139). Both Judge White and John C. Calhoun suspected that their private correspondence was tampered with by their political opponents in the post-office (Lib. 6.64); and as early as 1830, Henry Clay, “to guard against the treachery of the post-office,” advised Webster to address him under cover, and proposed to do the same in return (Webster's “Private Correspondence,” 1.505).
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