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#17 - Andrew Jackson

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“I have no ambitious views to accomplish—But should the people exercise their right of suffrage, & call me to fill that first office in their gift; I will yield to that call”

Exceptional ALS, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, January 11, 1824. Lengthy letter to Major H. M. Rutledge, in which Jackson comments on Cherokee culture, speculates on the American West, and downplays his presidential ambitions. In part: “It offered me much pleasure to learn, that you reached your friends without accident…The country of the Cherokees through which you had to pass, must have been disagreeable to Mrs. R., but I hope the novelty of the Indian customs, have in some degree compensated her for her privations…

I have noted your remarks on the change of Carolina…this must bring to your view the increasing vallue [sic] of our land in the west; and convince you of the propriety of your course in holding on to your western land; in twenty years the lands there will increase 500 prct. in vallue…

On the subject of which you speak…Should they [sic] people call me to fill the first office in their gift, I must yield to that call: should they select another, it will afford me pleasure in contemplating that they have found another on whom they can rely on with more confidence than me…To spend my few remaining years with my wife, family and friends, in peace…would be most pleasant to me. I have no ambitious views to accomplish—But should they people exercise their right of suffrage, & call me to fill that first office in their gift; I will yield to that call, & execute the trust reposed, with an eye single to the public good. You will see from the public prints that the people in the different states are exhibiting much feeling, on the Presidential question.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds and show-through from writing to opposing sides. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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