Lot 8016: Andrew Jackson Signed Letter
28th June 2018
LS as president, one page both sides, 8 x 10, April 12, 1835. Letter to Messrs. Samuel Hart, W. J. Luper, Henry Horn, F. Flower, and T. M. Troutman. In full: "I pray you to accept my thanks for the honor you have conferred upon me, by your invitation to unite with the Democratic citizens of the city & county of Philadelphia, in the celebration, which they propose, of the approaching anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson. It would give me great pleasure to be present on so interesting an occasion but my public duties will not permit me. There can be no tribute to the memory of that illustrious man, manifesting the love and respect of the friends of liberty and equal rights, which does not command my cordial approbation." In very good to fine condition, with a few edge tears, light toning (somewhat irregular on the signed side), and reinforcement to the central horizontal fold. The day after Jackson signed this letter, the city of Philadelphia celebrated the 92nd anniversary of Jefferson's birth. Both men shared similar views on an unintrusive government and the rights of the common man, but Jefferson's thoughts on Jackson’s march towards the presidency were admittedly cold. In an interview with Daniel Webster in December 1824, Jefferson noted how he was ‘much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson become President. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has very little respect for laws or Constitutions.’ John Quincy Adams won the election, and Jefferson passed away on July 4, 1826, three years before Jackson took office. A wonderful letter connecting two of America's early statesmen.
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