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    Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Thrice Signed. One page, 8" x 9.75", "Hermitage [Nashville]," September 5, 1839, to Reverend William A. Scott regarding a letter of introduction for Sam Houston. He says, in full:

    "Agreeable to your request, & my promise to you, I enclose a letter of Introduction for the Revd. Daniel Baker to Genl. [Sam] Houston Ex president of Texas. The Genl. is the only individual of high character I am acquainted with in Texas. You will please forward it to Mr. Baker.

    "I am quite afflicted to day with pain in my head, but hope the usual remedy which I have applied, will carry it off.

    "Mr. & Mrs J. joins me in kind salutation to you & your Lady, & believe me with great respect. Your friend, Andrew Jackson.

    "P.S. Being surrounded with company has delayed the compliance with my promise untill [sic] now. I have taken the earliest moment of leisure that has been afforded to comply with it. A. J."

    Also signed a third time where addressed: "The Revd. Mr. Scott Nashville Tennessee/by Mr. A. Jackson."

    The letter is mildly toned with some mirrored ghosting from being folded. Folds; remnant of red wax seal. Fine.

    Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston met during the War of 1812, when Houston served under him. Jackson, impressed by Houston's courage at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, took him under his wing and Houston became his political protégé. A rift developed between the two when Houston abandoned his wife and the Tennessee governor's office. The friendship was mended years later and there is speculation that Houston went to Texas, at the urging of Jackson, to assess the possibility of annexing the area. They remained friends until Jackson's death in 1845.

    The Reverend William A. Scott became pastor of the Hermitage Church shortly after his ordination and became friends with Jackson there. The Hermitage Church had been raised from donations by Jackson and his neighbors on land which Jackson also donated. The two were good friends.


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