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JOHN FORSYTH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/07/1839 - HFSID 17145

JOHN FORSYTH Writing to Frank Blair, the editor of the Jacksonian newspaper The Globe, Forsyth as Secretary of State asks him to reroute a subscription from a former supporter who has "turned Nullifier". Autograph Letter signed: "J Forsyth", 1 page, 8x10. No place, 1839 June 7.

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JOHN FORSYTH
Writing to Frank Blair, the editor of the Jacksonian newspaper The Globe, Forsyth as Secretary of State asks him to reroute a subscription from a former supporter who has "turned Nullifier".
Autograph Letter signed: "J Forsyth", 1 page, 8x10. No place, 1839 June 7. Addressed on integral leaf to "F. P. Blair/Globe Office/Washington", in full: "Send you enclosed ten Dollars to pay nine Dollars for Hutchins & Holt's subscription for the Globe. Hereafter the paper is to be sent to N. G. Hutchins, the partnership being dissolved & Holt turned Nullifier. Send me the change in bullion [?] money as I have to pay it over to Green for his paper. One of my constituents intends to take it on trial for six months. Yours truly". John Forsyth (1780-1841) served as Jackson's and Van Buren's Secretary of State from July 1, 1834 until March 3, 1841. He had previously served as U.S. Representative (1813-1818, 1823-1827), U.S. Senator (1818-1819, 1829-1834) and Governor of Georgia (1827-1829). As U.S. Minister to Spain, Forsyth gained King Ferdinand VII's ratification of the Treaty of 1819, which ceded Florida to the United States. In 1830, Frank P. Blair (1791-1876) became editor of a new national newspaper, The Globe, dedicated to promoting the policies of President Jackson and of the Democratic Party. One of its purposes was to counter The United States Telegraph, a paper established by Duff Green to promote the states' rights principles of Vice President John C. Calhoun. Completely estranged from President Jackson, Calhoun was not re-nominated as Jackson's running mate in 1932, preferring a US Senate seat, in which he could actively oppose the President, especially on the issue of states' rights. The Nullification Crisis (1832-1833), arose from the claim by South Carolina, Calhoun's home state, that it could declare federal laws null and void within its territory. Jackson, while threatening to send US troops and to hang the nullifiers, actually compromised on South Carolina's principal concern, the protective tariff, and the crisis abated. However, "nullifier" remained in use as a term for adherents to an extreme states' rights doctrine. Blair, a Democrat and slave-owner, would play a crucial role in supporting President Abraham Lincoln and opposing the secession of Confederate states. He was a crucial link between the nationalism of Jackson and that of Lincoln. Multiple mailing folds. Creased and toned. Worn from wax seal on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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