Lot 12: Andrew Jackson
Exceptionally early ALS signed “An’dw Jackson,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 15.5 x 13.5, October 2, 1795. Letter from Jackson as a young Nashville attorney, offering advice to his client, in full: "Capt. David Smith waited upon me this day, and Communicated to me your Desire of Seeing Me in the Town of Nashville this Evening in order (as I understand him) to adjust a Disputed Matter now Existing between you and him.One thing I can observe that agreeable to the articles of agreement which were Entered into between you and Spring. Spring was to have one hundred Dollars out of the Bond originally given by David Smith to you and transferred from you to Spring; agreeable to your instructions Smith paid to Spring one hundred Dollars upon which I as attorney for Spring Dismissed the suit instituted on Said bond by Spring vs Smith; all this was Done agreeable to your request & Spring's instructions; now sir if the hundred Dollars which you Compelled Smith to pay you in the Nation was on acct. of the hundred Dollars reserved for Spring it was a wrong payment; and by law Smith has a good cause of action against you will be Compelled to pay it back with Costs of Suit, when you and Myself Talk of this Matter in Nashville you then Told me it was not the Same Money reserved for the payment of Spring but that it was the balance of the Debt owing to you; but from the information of Colo Hays I am now of the oppinion [sic] that it was for the Said Debt Owing to Spring.Now Sir as all the land was transfer[r]ed to Spring by you upon which Smith was sued, it was a good payment made by Smith to Spring, more particularly as it was by your Express instructions So as to have the suit dismissed and to obtain the ballance [sic] of the Debt that by the articles of agreement between you and Spring was Due and owing to you. My advice therefore is to you to repay the money to Smith and Save the Expence of a Lawsuit which you will undoubtedly have to pay; Genl Robertson can inform you that it will be the Consequence from the Statement herein which are facts and not as plainly stated as they will be proven in Court from the original bond as from [your] own agreement and Confessions." In good condition, with small areas of paper loss, tape repairs to complete separations along intersecting folds, and scattered overall light foxing and staining; Jackson’s signature, which touches a strip of old mounting residue, is large, bold, and, while very early, instantly recognizable. In spite of his minimal legal training, the 28-year-old Jackson secured the post of prosecutor for North Carolina’s Western District in 1788, attaining the Southwest territory as well just a few years later. In 1796, the year after this letter was written, Jackson was elected a delegate to the Tennessee constitutional convention; when Tennessee earned statehood later that year, Jackson formally became its first representative. A hugely significant letter given its proximity to the advent of Jackson’s political ascendancy.
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