choices for presidential candidate available to the Democrats
in 1860. He had his own dark horse in mind: Senator
Bedford Brown of North Carolina. If you haven't heard of him
before, don't feel too bad. Trust me, you are not alone.
Martin Van Buren to Theodore Miller. June 11, 1860. Lindenwald, My dear Mr. Miller Did you make the acquaintance of Bedford Brown of N. Carolina, at Charleston? If you did not let me advise you to do so without fail at Balti- more. He is without exception one of the best and truest specimens of the old Republican school now left in the country, an old and constant friend of Genl Jack- son and my own, one on whom as much as any other man, we relied for support of our respective administra- tions in the Senate of the U. States. lie has been Gov of his State, and represented it for two terms in the j Senate;* I never knew him to be a candidate for office | nor the time when we had any reason to believe that he would accept one or we would have been most happy • to offer it to him. I at least would think the country j fortunate to get such a man for the office of President ; or Vice President. Mr. Wright loved him as a brother j and thought as much of his talents and his unsurpassed integrity as I have always done.Please say to him that the responsibility of his not receiving a reply to his letter to my son John rests with me and the money he shall have in good time. I however caused it to be (read) to Messrs. (Aager) and company by Smith and them to understand the character of its writer. Present me kindly to him and also Mr. Ed- wards of the same State if he is with you. Accept my best wishes for a safe deliverance and believe me as ever Your friend M. Van Buren. Theodore Miller Esq.Historical Society of Trinity College, An Annual Publication of Historical Papers (Durham, N.C., 1900), 20-21. ,