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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Lewis Cass

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00089.01 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 February 1832 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Writes to Secretary of War Cass regarding giving generals John Eaton and John Coffee the authority "to conclude with the Choctaws an agreement for such portion of the 17 million of acres conveyed to them as will suit the Chickasaws to settle on." Also discusses the need for a congressional re-appropriation of an 1830 appropriation of $500,000 for Indian removal. Warns that if not done, "our humane plan is blown up, & our hands tied." Suggests getting the money into the hands of source agents if Congress does not act. In a post script, mentions certainty that "the Chickasaws will now make the arrangement." Marked "Private."

Full Transcript: (private)
Febry 10.th 1832 -
My Dr Sir
I have this moment rec.d the enclosed with a private note from Genl Eaton of the 26.th of January - at that ...date he had not rec.d The power for him & Genl Coffee, to conclude with the Choctaws an agreement for such portion of the 17 million of acres conveyed to them or will suit the Chikesaws to settle on -
I wish to draw your attention to the appropriation of $500,000 in [struck: May] 1830 for the removal of the Indians - In May next if not reappropriated it must be transfered to the sinking fund - attend to this - for if Congress will not reappropriate it, for the purpose of removing the Indians, our humane plan is blown up, & our hands tied - If Congress will not act, then, before the two years expire it must be drew out of the treasury, & put into the hands of some agent for these purposes - attend to this yrs
Andrew Jackson
[inserted on the left hand margin: P.S. Genl Eaton says the Chikesaws will now make the arrangement, there is no doubt]
[docket]
From the President
Febry 6th 1832
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People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866
Eaton, John Henry, 1790-1856
Coffee, John, 1772-1833

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: American Indian HistoryLand TransactionTreatyFinanceCongressPresident

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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