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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Samuel D. Ingham

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00021 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: [Washington, D.C.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 March 1830 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32 x 20 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 21.3 x 14.7 cm

Summary of Content: Writes that Martin Gordon, a customs agent, was accused by traders of being too rigid in adherence to his duties. Jackson tells Ingham to admonish Gordon, advise him to be more lenient, but also hear his side of the story. Writes, "...whilst we protect the honest and fair dealer from all unnecessary delays, we ought to exact from all, the faithful fulfilment [sic] of the laws, for at such a port as New orleans where there are a great looseness of morals, the least restoration of law will be used to defraud the govt for the [spanish] population have been educated to believe that it is no crime to cheat the govt." One bust engraving of Jackson included.

Background Information: Samuel D. Ingham was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Jackson in 1829. Martin Gordon was a custom's agent, and a friend of Jackson's.

People: Ingham, Samuel D., 1779-1869
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Gordon, Martin, fl. 1820-1830

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Corruption and ScandalGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCommerceTaxes or TaxationFinanceLawPresident

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