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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Samuel Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03188 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 14 June 1830 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 31.7 x 19.8 cm

Summary of Content: Jackson thanks Smith for supporting his veto of the Maysville Road bill. Jackson says that while his veto may have opposed internal improvements, it was for the greater good of the Government. In a statement to Congress explaining his reasons for the veto Jackson argued that using federal money for a purely local project was wrong, no matter how desirable internal improvements were. Jackson also had a political motivation to veto the bill, since the road was set to be built in Kentucky, the home state of his chief rival Henry Clay.

Background Information: Samuel Smith was a Jacksonian Senator from Maryland.

Full Transcript: My Dear Sir,
In the great mass of business which the knowledge of my intention to depart in a few days on a visit to my farm in Tennessee, has ...thrown upon me, I can scarsely find a moment to acknowlege the receipt of your favor of the 10th. instant; But I must thank you for its contents.
It is gratifying to me to know that the considerations which produced the veto on the Maysville road bill, are likely to be satisfactory to the great body of my friends, tho' there may be many, like the citizins intrusted in the Rockville bill, whose local situations, rather than their judgemnt, will force them for awhile to withold their acquiescence. In relation to this class of my friends, this step must take its chance, appealing to their reason and patriotism alone. If the evils [2] which it anticipates are worth avoiding, as dangerous to the purity of the Government, and the durability of our Union, I have the fullest confidence that this zeal in the cause of internal improvements will be as far moderated as, at least, to give me the credit of good intentions.
I pray you to accept my best wishes for your happiness and believe me sincerely
Yr. obt. Sert
Andrew Jackson
Genl Saml Smith

[address leaf]
Genl Saml. Smith
Senator U. States

Gen: A. Jackson
President. U. States
14 June 1830
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People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Smith, Samuel, 1752 - 1839

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentInfrastructureRoad ConstructionUS ConstitutionFinanceCongressGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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