The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 267
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with cold rebuffs which infuriated the "stately master" of Ashland.
Tyler's adherence to his old political principles, and particularly
his opposition to the establishment of a new national bank, proved
the Whigs' folly in having nominated Tyler in 1840 rather than
Tyler's "treachery." Moreover, the Whig national convention of
1840 had deliberately avoided presenting a party platform, so that
there was nothing to show that Clay's policy represented that of
the party; there was nothing to hold Tyler to. If the author
devotes almost exclusive attention to the Bank issue, to the neglect
of other political issues, it is doubtless because it was over this
issue that the rift came between the Clay-Whigs and Tyler, whose
few supporters Clay contemptuously referred to as the "corporal's
guard." Between the two factions accusations of attempted
"usurpation" and "dictatorship" were bandied back and forth. Then
came resignations from Tyler's cabinet, which seemed to have
been desired by both Clay and Tyler's Southern "guard."
Clay's perennial campaign for the presidential nomination began
anew in 1842. In this year Van Buren visited Clay at Ashland.
"Then, if ever," says Dr. Poage, "they came to an understanding
on the subject of Texas annexation, but as to all this no evidence
has been found." Little new is found in the discussion of the part
played by the Texas issue in presidential politics; and the motives
of the different prominent actors is still merely a matter for con-
jecture. Dr. Poage believes that Calhoun hoped to split the Demo-
cratic Party, put himself forward as a Southern candidate, and
throw the election into the House, adding that Calhoun "saw in
the formation of a Southern sectional party the first step towards
the disruption of a Union which would not accept his leadership
and which he believed no longer beneficial to his section." In this
the author relies apparently on Justin H. Smith, a historian who
ever looked on Calhoun with jaundiced eye and who can hardly
be congratulated on showing much judiciousness and perspicuity
in his conclusions.
The latter part of the book, dealing with the issues growing out
of the Mexican War and with their settlement, after a fashion, in
1850, seems the best part. Yet there is nothing new here. The
story is merely retold in great detail.
The weakness of the book lies in its verbosity and length. As
it presents little that is new, its story could probably have been
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