President Andrew Jackson - Autographed Letter Signed; Calhoun, Sam Houston
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President Andrew Jackson - Autographed Letter Signed; Calhoun, Sam Houston:
President Andrew Jackson - Autograph Letter Signed
Letter to Secretary of War J.C. Calhoun with superb content relating to General Sam Houston
On his road to the presidency, Jackson defends his protégée, Sam Houston:
“he believed it had been through the influence of Colo Williams of the Senate (who is his enemy) that his account was suspended, that Genl Houston might appear a public defaulter”Autographed Letter Signed (ALS), “Andrew Jackson,” one page, 8'' x 10'', Hermitage, May 2, 1822. A letter to Secretary of War John C. Calhoun defending Jackson's close friend, General Sam Houston. In Very Good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of Jackson’s signature, and some toning along the horizontal folds. The document has been expertly repaired with archival tissue paper on the verso to strengthen some separation along the folds. After gaining the admiration of Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812, Sam Houston began his political career under the future president’s wing. Aware of Houston’s relationship with the Cherokees (he had spent years living with the tribe on Hiwassee Island, learning their language and finding an adoptive family there), Jackson appointed him the Indian Sub-Agent in 1817. When asked to accompany a delegation of Cherokees to Washington to meet President Monroe and Secretary of War John C. Calhoun the following year, Houston arrived in traditional Cherokee garb, enraging Calhoun. After receiving a serious reprimand, followed by pointed inquiries questioning his administration of supplies for the Native Americans, an offended Houston resigned from his position; a lifelong rivalry between the two men had begun. Houston remained close with Jackson, and as a newly elected representative for Tennessee in 1822, was one of his staunchest supporters in his campaign for the presidency. This letter to Calhoun shows Jackson’s kind regards for his long-time friend, as well as an explanation of Houston’s occasionally prickly demeanor: “his feelings were sore, as he believed it had been through the influence of Colo Williams of the Senate (who is his enemy) that his account was suspended.” The same year, Jackson would unseat their “enemy” Senator John Williams of Tennessee, deepening the feud. A remarkable letter with several interesting connections in Jackson’s pre-presidential career.
Content in Full
Hermitage May 2nd, 1822
I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th ult, advising me, that the account of Genl Houston for pay re as first Lt. of Infantry enclosed by me to Colo Gadsden to be laid before you was ordered to be paid, this is gratifying to me, as I believed it to be just & well founded in law, and the Genl, tho poor, is one of those noble minded fellows, that in a military capacity will always deserve well of his country—& his feelings were sore, as he believed it had been through the influence of Colo Williams of the Senate (who is his enemy), that his account was suspended, that he, Genl Houston might appear a public defaulter.I take the liberty of enclosing a letter to Genl Gadsden with a request that you will have the goodness to hand it to him if in the city. If not to give it a direction to him.I am sir with great respect
Yr. Mo. Ob. Servt.
- Autograph Letter Signed by Andrew Jackson
- May 2, 1822, Hermitage
- One page, 8'' x 10''
- In Very Good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of Jackson’s signature, and some toning along the horizontal folds
- Document has been expertly repaired with archival tissue paper on the verso to strengthen some separation along the folds
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