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    Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7" x 10", Washington City; December 1, 1815. Letter to Henry Lee of Virginia acknowledging the receipt of information concerning George Washington and expressing his thanks for its transmittal. By the time Jackson wrote this letter he had become a national hero due to his victory over British forces at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. Jackson writes: "The lines you have had the goodness to transcribe & send me, from the picture of Washington, I thank you sincerely. They are the best I have have seen to commemorate one who was really 'the first in peace, the first in war, & the first in the affections of his Country... Andrew Jackson."

    At the bottom of the letter, Lee makes a notation claiming that Jackson signed but did not write the letter. "The signature only is Genl. Jacksons-the body is copy HL"

    Henry Lee (1787-1837), also known as Henry Lee IV, was the son of Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee (1856-1818), a former governor of Virginia and a hero of the American Revolution. During his life, Lee was a writer, politician, diplomat, and army officer. Educated at Washington Academy in Lexington, Virginia, and then at the College of William and Mary, Lee represented Westmoreland County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1810 to 1813 and served as a major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. In 1817, he married Anne McCarty, a distant cousin, and became ward of her younger sister, Elizabeth "Betsy" McCarty, with whom he had a scandalous affair. Lee's adulterous relationship became public and ruined his political career, earning him the nicknames "Black Harry" and "Black-Horse Harry." Lee was a close friend and confidant of Andrew Jackson's and his notoriety did not shake the latter's loyalty. In fact, when Jackson began his quest for the presidency after achieving fame at the Battle of New Orleans, Lee wrote campaign materials supporting Jackson. Lee briefly served as consul to Algiers. In 1831, he moved with his wife to Paris, France, where he later died of influenza. It is not clear what information Lee had sent to Jackson.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds. With adhesive staining and mounting remnants along top on verso with some showthrough to recto. Adhesive stain along left margin from a repair made to a small tear. Stray foxing. A crease along the Jackson's last sentence partially obscures three words "I beg you". Writing in ink on the reverse side of letter has bled through to the front, but without obscuring, Jackson's writing. Otherwise good.


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