Lot 14: ALS, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, November 13, 1816. Letter to Acting Secretary of War George Graham in Washington. In full: "I have to acknowledge the receipt of a communication from the War Department, bearing date the 26 of October 1816, with no signature, though franked by you. It gives me pleasure to know that the conduct of the Commissioners in their late negotiations with the Cherokee & Chickasaw Indians has met with the appreciation of the President of the United States." In very good condition, with partial separations to folds repaired with toned tape to reverse (affecting a portion of the letter but not the bold signature), and a mild overall block of toning from previous display.Jackson and a group of designated commissioners had concluded treaties with the Cherokee and Chickasaw in September and October 1816 which gave the United States control over vast territories in Arkansas and Tennessee. Negotiations were enhanced by the bribery of tribal leaders which, although a common practice at the time, Jackson facilitated surreptitiously. One year later President Monroe would order Jackson to lead a campaign against the Seminole and Creek Indians, which ultimately resulted in Spain ceding Florida to the United States. In addition to expanding the nation, these land grabs set the stage for the Native American Indian removal policies of Jackson's presidency. An exceptionally desirable letter foreshadowing what would become Jackson's notorious presidential legacy.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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