REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON THE 29TH DEC.1826, ON A LETTER OF JOHN C. CALHOUN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ASKING AN INVESTIGATION OF HIS CONDUCT WHILE SECRETARY OF WAR, WITH ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS. FEBRUARY 13, 1827. READ, AND ORDERED TO LIE ON THE TABLE.

19th Cong., 2d Sess. HR79. 1827. Washington: Gales & Seaton. 251, [1 blank] pp, 2 folding tables. An entirely unsophisticated copy, stitched, uncut and untrimmed as issued. Lightly tanned and foxed. Very Good. Calhoun served as Secretary of War under President Monroe for nearly seven years, beginning in 1817. Congress, worried by the Panic of 1819, disapproved his proposed budget to enhance coastal and frontier fortifications and military roads. Calhoun's rival in the Cabinet, Treasury Secretary William Crawford of Georgia, led the attack. Criticisms of Calhoun increased when reports issued that his favorite project, a military outpost on the Yellowstone River, was running way over budget; rumors suggesting that Calhoun and his associates had personally profited from certain projects soon proliferated. In 1827, with Vice President Calhoun enmeshed in conflicts with rivals for the upcoming presidential election, these charges resurfaced. Calhoun thus requested a full investigation, which resulted in this report, clearing him after six weeks of hearings. AI 31472 [2]. Not in Turnbull. Item #24439

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