"He deserves it gen! deserves all that the people can do for him- first always in the Service of his country and great even among the greatest."
Senator Nathaniel P. Tallmadge led a group of moderate Democrats who opposed Van Buren’s “hard-money” policies and generally voted with the Whigs.
"Well, Mr. Senator the great men are quite cordial- I must say that Clay’s reception has been very cheering."
General Winfield Scott (second from left) was a prominent military leader and a Whig party supporter.  At six feet and five inches, he was quite tall for the time period.
"I thank you Mr. President for this cordial reception it is a proud and noble state and when thrown upon her own energies and rescources uninjured by experiments she will be the first in grandure and prosperity as she is the first in population and patriotism. "
Whig leader and presidential hopeful, Henry Clay (center), also toured New York that summer.  The Whigs chose William Henry Harrison as their candidate instead, so Clay did not run against Van Buren in the 1840 election.
"A cool thousand that I will never shave again – I may be shaved but that’s Fashionable dem me."
Some of Henry Clay’s supporters pledged not to cut or shave their hair or beards until he won the presidency.
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"Mr. Clay you are welcome to the Empire State. I am quite rejoiced to see you so popular among the good people."
 Henry Dacre
The Meeting at Saratoga:
Like Boxers thus before the fight,
 their hands in friendship they unite.
Publisher: H. R. Robinson
Democratic President Martin Van Buren (third from left) visited the resort town of Saratoga, New York in the summer of 1839, although it is not known if the two potential candidates actually met or if the cartoonist imagined the scene.