President van Buren.
There is very little of interest to little folks in this
administration. You will find Van Buren very severely
criticised by some; but when we think what a hard
position he had to fill just after Jackson's hot-headed
career, we shall wonder that he did as well as he did.
All these bank changes which Jackson had made, had
caused much trouble among business men. And this,
together with other money affairs, had thrown the
country into a panic. Rich men failed, and poor men
without work; provisions came to be very high, and
there was no money to buy with. These were "hard
times," indeed; and because everybody blamed the
government, they seemed to think Van Buren was to be
blamed too, though I'm sure I don't see why he was to
blame for what had been brought about by the previous
administration, or for the ill luck of speculators and
other business men.