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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Henry Toland

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02527 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 August 1835 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Jackson agrees to pay the debt that his adopted son, Andrew Jackson Jr., owes on furniture that he had purchased two years earlier. Jackson adopted his son as an infant from his wife's brother and sister-in-law, Severn and Elizabeth Rucker. His high hopes for Andrew Jackson Jr. were never realized, and Jackson spent much of his last decade paying off debts for his son, as in this letter.

People: Jackson, Andrew, Jr., 1808-1865
Toland, Henry, fl. 1835
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentChildren and FamilyHome FurnishingsDebtFinance

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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