Handwritten letter by President Jackson to his Treasury Secretary, preparing to remove a federal district attorney from office
ALS as president, one page, 4.75 x 7.5, March 12, 1830. Handwritten letter to Secretary of the Treasury Samuel D. Ingham, concerning charges brought against Alexander Brackenridge, federal district attorney for western Pennsylvania. In full: "Some time since the papers relating to the misconduct charged, against Mr. Brackenridge, atto. for the District of West P.A. was placed in my hands-about the same time, a letter was delivered to me from Mr. B. asking some delay in this enquiry to enable him to produce a defense. In consequence of this request, this matter has remained without decision until now-a note rec'd has ordered me that Mr. B. has furnished you with his defense-will you be good enough to furnish me with it, that I may decide upon this question." In very good to fine condition, with a stain to the upper right corner, a tear to the lower left edge, and a repair to separation along the vertical fold.
In 1829, charges were leveled against Alexander Brackenridge that he had 'improperly released two men as securities to the United States for the debts of Nathaniel Pummer, deceased, and had then purchased Plummer's farm at the estate sale for a price below its value and the debt due the United States.' Though Brackenridge vehemently denied all charges, Jackson had him removed from office in October 1830 and appointed George Washington Buchanan-the brother of future president James Buchanan-in his place.
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