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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Ezra Stiles Ely

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03896 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Hermitage, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 May 1827 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 25.2 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Jackson explains that while he and his wife have been attacked viciously during this campaign, it has only made him more resilient. "All the slander that wickedness can suggest & falsehood invent, have been leveled against me, & my family, by the panders of power and corruption - this will recoil upon its own head - truth is mighty & will ultimately prevail - and when it does - I feel secure from the multiplied shots of slander." Also states that he is pleased with the support he has received from Philadelphia. Most of the attacks on Jackson focused on the fact that he married Rachel before she had technically been divorced from her previous husband. Besides the charge of adultery, however, were many other nasty accusations.

Background Information: Ezra Stiles Ely was a Philadelphia clergyman.

Full Transcript: Hermitage May 19.th 1827 ~
Dear & Rev.d Sir
By the hand of Charles Biddle Esqr I rec.d your letter of the 22.nd of March last - I had the pleasure ...of Mr Biddles company for a short time, with whom I am much pleased - and I assure you, it will at all times afford me much pleasure to render any civilities in my power, to those recommended to me by any branch of the family of my much respected deceased, friend Mr [Leisser], or yourself.
I have recommended Mr Biddle to settle in Nashville. T. he is now on a visit to Missouri; where he may seat himself, he was undetermined when he left us.
M.rs J. & myself are highly gratified to learn that your lady & Mr Carswell enjoy good health - present to them our kind salutations.
It is a cheering circumstance [2] to me, to learn that pensylvania continues her attachment & support to me - all the slander that wickedness can sugest, & falshood invent, have been levelled against me, & my family, by the ponders of power & corruption - this will recoil upon its own head - Truth is mighty & will ultimately prevail - and when it does, I feel secure from the multiplied shafts of slander.
M.rs J. & myself will be happy to receive your promised letter M.rs J. owes five dollors to the Philadelphian. She has presumed so much upon your goodness [inserted: as] to enclose it to you, with a request, that you hand it to the Editor.
M.rs J. Joins me in best wishes for your temporal & future happiness & believe me your friend
Andrew, Jackson
The Rev.d
E. S. Ely.
[address leaf]
The Rev.d E.S. Ely
Genl Jackson
June 1827
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People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Ely, Ezra Stiles, 1786-1861

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentElectionPoliticsGovernment and CivicsMarriageChildren and FamilyCorruption and Scandal

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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