Gentlemen : - lt will Dot be in my power to attend the meeting at Albany sn Wednesday, imt I hope before the - cnni.pai.gn .aloses, to havo the privilege of addressing my old friends at the capital. Without ucdertaking to dictate to others, , I ba markfid out a course which it seemed the part ef patriotism to pursae. VV hile war was raging, and no presidec-j ! tial canvass was pending, I endeavoned' tri give to the head of the gavernnieni a i ,cor,dial and uureserve-d support. i should have preferaed ,to .continue .so doiug till tlie 4th of March, wkou the i official term of our chief magistrate j closes. But the President precludes tliia course by stepping into the arena 1 before any eaudidate is nominated i againat Jiirn, and deuianding, through I lus ofiee-holders and fciends, a ] tion. He does ibis aga'mst the protest ' of a reepeotftWe body oí his former I porter3, who presen-t, for tho offices of President and Viee President the former Republican candidate for President, and the pflBfttít Itepublican attorpey-general I of' this state. The represeu'tatives of the i Democratie party, with wise forbearance, 1 liad deferred tho nomination of 1 djites until the 4th of July. sorne two müiHts later than rthe usual time, and afterwards, in conjuqetion with i vatiye men.qf otber parties, had again i postpoued the oomuiencement of the i canvass, until the end of August, thus leaving barely iijpe for the dclegates of ( distaut states, like CaliforniA and Qregon, i to nttend the conventioa and return homo ,to particípate ia the election. 1 Uuder euch cireuwstaaces the name of '1 General McClellan, a tried and able .soldier, a cultivated and aecomplished 1 gentleman, and a thqrpugh patriotj has been preseuted in opposition to iiia ovvn í wishes for the chief rnagistracy. A I :test thus challonged by the .President, .' and deferred till the latest moment by i his opponeuts, is now before ua, and it is ' important at the ojitset tp frear in n)ir)d ] how it originated. Although short in i duration, it is likely to be severe beyond all previoua example. The enormous 1 patronage of the government ml be 1 used without reserve to perpetúate power ] in (fee hands. that nowiold it. A trained band of office-holders constitute an effective political organization. i tive constraint of the press, Üie mail, I and the telegraph, puts the means of ' connnunicaticm to a vast eEtènt in the 1 power of the President Agaiust this formidable combination an undisciplined ' niass of men is to contend. .ut 1 have no appnehension as to tho result. Much i associatiou with tho American people ' and hourly okQrvatioji af their gence, courage, and sagacity, inspire mé with entire faith as to their actioa now. i ■They wíl!, is heretofore, pour forth their likcd au.d tresure without stint to ; put down the rebellion. They will hold up their hands and strengthen the hearts ' üf those gallaut soldiers, Grant, i man, Meade, Hancock, Smith, I Granger, ,Thomas, llosecrans, Sheridan, Kilpatrick, Stoneman, AvérelT, and their assooiates. ; ,a.nd those eoterprising sailors, Earragut, Partai-, VViuslow, Dupout, ' Worden, Drayton and others. They will ths. I trust, overthrow the organized and 'arnied resistauce of thfi rebel states, despite of all the obstadas to success that have been or may be iuterposed at Vvrashington. But Üe discharge of those sacred duties wil! not iijterfere with the careful and intelligent stleojlion of a nevw chiefmgistrate who is not only compe tent to make ,war, Jsut ablo to inakc peiice. There.,t.ie.; iwo ,inqn f,ho obviously ,can never make a peace that will reeeive the sanetion of the Ainenean people. They are Abraham Lincoln and Jeffersou Davis. The forraer has declared the abolitiou of slavery an indispensable preliminary to a proposition for peace. Tho latter avows thut tho confedérate states accept no alturnative but independence or aiiaihilation. WH1 ' ■ K foriner wc have to deal at ihe election. The latlcr must be left to the fortunes of. war, or tbo fate that thé rebel states have iu store for him But unless wo are preparcd for an eteniiil war, aud the slaughter, debt, tnxution, and the suspousiou of the Gons! itutional libtirty that attends it, Abraham Lincoln must be made to retire go the 4th of March next, and a President must be chosen in his stead, who will consent to peaee on the biisis of the Uuioo and the GonïiiUitiou. Such a man is General MoClellin, and l cannot allow myself to doubt that the loyal people of the United States will caü him to the discharge of this, as well s all the other grave duties that bulong to the ehief magistr aey. The hrow of Davis and his assuciates at iliohmoud, will scon fcllow, and peace once more sniile on óur distraetcd country, Truly yours, j'. VAN BUREN. Wjilowbr.ook, Sept. 12, 18G4.