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PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1804 - HFSID 285807

 

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ANTICIPATING NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY A BILL, JUDGE JACKSON INFORMS HIS DEBTOR AND RECOMMENTDS A PLAN TO HONOR THE DEBT.
 
ANDREW JACKSON. ALS: "Andrew Jackson" as Judge and farmer, 1p, 7½x12½ inlaid on 9½x13¼ sheet. Wythe, (Tennessee), 1804 April 15. Integral leaf addressed by Jackson to: "Colo Francis Preston/Salt Works". No postal markings. In full: "On yesterday I called at your house and expected to have had the pleasure of seeing you there, was informed by Mrs. Preston you were at your iron works. I had a wish to have seen you upon the subject of the iron and castings, and receive information in whose possession they were stored. I am fearful there will not be a sufficient levell (sic) in the river this Spring to carry them to Nashville. Should this be the case if an opportunity should offer I wish them to be sold for cost and carriage and even less rather than a disappointment should take place in the payment to be made to you. The failure of crops in Cumberland will make our remittances short of our expectations this Spring and in case a levell (sic) in the river does not happen between this and the 25th of next month we have no right to expect one before the coming winter. My object is to make part of their cost out of them and if I cannot have the Boat started down the river before the 20th next mont (sic), I will thank you to sell them to any person that may apply at their cost &c - to meet the payment to be made to you. Health & respect." Tennessee had entered the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Jackson was elected Tennessee's first Congressman and served from December 5, 1796 to March 3, 1797. He was U.S. Senator from March 4, 1797 until he resigned in April 1798, having been elected Judge of the State Supreme Court of Tennessee. Jackson served in that office from 1798 until July 24, 1804, when he retired from public life and moved to the Hermitage near Nashville to engage in planting and mercantile pursuits. This letter is a prime example of why Jackson had an excellent reputation in business. From Jackson's biography in Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography (New York, 1887): "In 1804, he resigned from his judgeship in order to devote his attention exclusively to his private affairs. He paid up all his debts and engaged extensively both in planting and in trade. He was noted for fair and honorable dealing, his credit was always excellent, and a note with his name on it was considered as good as gold. He had a clear head for business, and was never led astray by the delusions about paper money by which American frontier communities have so often been infested. His plantation was well managed, and his slaves were always kindly and considerately treated." FRANCIS PRESTON (1765-1835) had represented Virginia in Congress from 1793-1797. He did not seek re-nomination and settled in Abingdon, Virginia, less than ten miles from the Tennessee state line. His wife, SARAH PRESTON, mentioned by Jackson in this letter, was the daughter of Revolutionary War General William Campbell and a niece of Patrick Henry. Uniformly browned and damp stained, but completely legible with all words intact. Folds, a light vertical fold touches the "J". Lightly nicked left and right edges. ¾x¾-inch red wax stain at right margin touches 2 letters of text. Slightly soiled leaf.


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PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON
Born: March 15, 1767 in Waxhaws border region between The Carolinas
Died: June 8, 1845 in Nashville, Tennessee





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