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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to John C. Calhoun

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05589 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 November 1818 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 24.6 x 20.2 cm

Acknowledges the appointment of an agent to the Choctaw Indian Nation. Expresses gratitude that the treaty he and Isaac Shelby brokered with the Chickasaws met with then Secretary of War Calhoun's approval. In the treaty, the Chickasaw relinquished their claims to land east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi state line and were given a $20,000, fifteen-year annuity. After Secretary of War Calhoun's approval, President Monroe made the agreement official on January 7, 1819. As a result, both Kentucky and Tennessee expanded far beyond their former border, the Tennessee River. The Kentucky portion was nicknamed the Jackson Purchase.

Isaac Shelby was a Revolutionary War hero who twice served as governor of Kentucky.

Nashville Novb.r 30.th 1818
Head quarters }
D. of the South }
I have the honour to acknowledge the recpt of your letter of the 13.th Instant, advising that Col.o Wikee agent for the choctows have been charged with the payment of the warriors of that nation late in the Service of the U. States, of which I have notified Capt Hogan paymaster of the 4.th Infantry.
It is gratifying to me, to find that the late treaty concluded by Gov. Shelby and myself with the chikisaw nation of Indians, meets with your approbation.
I am very respectfully
yr. mo. ob, serv,
Andrew Jackson
Major Genl comdg

The Honble
J. C. Calhoun
Sec of War -

Nashville 30 Nov 1818.

Andrew Jackson
Here recd letter 13th inst.
On the subject of paying
the Indians late in Service
& [be] glad the Late Treaty
made by Gov Shelby & himself
pleases the Secy

Dec 1818

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