This 1840 cartoon was published after Martin Van Buren’s term as the 8th VP (under Andrew Jackson). In his pouch are opponents of the Bank of the United States — Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Calhon, and Washington Globe editor Francis Preston Blair. At the time, Abraham Lincoln spoke of the banking industry, saying: “[It is predicted] that every state . . . will vote [to re-elect] Van Buren. . . . It may be true. . . . Many free countries have lost their liberty. . . . I know that the great volcano at Washington [is] aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, belching forth the lava of political corruption. . . .” However, Van Buren lost his bid for the presidency.