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    [Andrew Jackson] George Bibb Autograph Letter Signed to Peter A. Grotjan of Philadelphia. Nine and one-half pages, 8" x 10", Frankfort [Kentucky], September 21, 1828. Bibb (1776-1859), a politician from Kentucky who fully endorsed presidential candidate Andrew Jackson, writes this letter to the candidate only weeks before the 1828 election.

    "The assurances of intelligent well advised friends as to the certainty of Genl. Jackson's election are gratifying to us in Kentucky. . . . Government is the fountain from whence the general manners & morals of a country take their rise; it is not an article of commerce to be bought & sold. . . . How horrid is the idea of being governed by a set of men [John Q. Adams and Henry Clay, among others] who have been guilty of treachery, & falsehood; who have been the panders, projectors, circulators, & protectors of fraud, deceit, falsehood, & every species of villany which the lowest wretches & hired slaves of their party could invent & practice. . . . He is restrained by no honourable sense of duty & conscience." Bibb continued that he held Adams responsible, by his "selfish ambitions," for wounding "the spirit of our government." Born in 1776, Bibb informs Jackson that he remembers "to have heard that wise and patriotic Statesman, Patrick Henry, say (in 1797) he considered that the best government in form which best secured to the people their right to watch their rulers, and that the best in practice where the people did so watch." Throughout the letter, Bibb denigrates Adams for his "intrigue for the presidency," including the so-called corrupt bargain between Adams and Henry Clay in 1824. He writes that Jackson, whom he occasionally refers to as "the Military Chieftain," "appears by his extraordinary success at New Orleans to have been an instrument in the hand of Providence for our deliverance from our enemies. . . . Count upon Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, & Kentucky, as certainly for Genl. Jackson." This document, which contains more important political content, is toned with foxing. A standard pin holds all pages together. The final page, containing the address panel, contains paper loss from the breaking of the seal, though no text is lost.


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