DescriptionAndrew Jackson Early Business Archive, including receipts (three in Jackson's hand with multiple signatures), business documents, and one letter. All are dated between 1807-1820. Near fifteen receipts: Andrew Jackson Autograph Receipt Signed "Andrew Jackson" Three Times in the third person within the text, 7.75" x 2.5", November 5, 1817, Melton's Bluff [Alabama]. In full: "Then Rec'd the sum of fifteen Dollars in full for a Boot of Capt. B. Cot, which Andrew Jackson Bought of said Capt Cot, and which the said Andrew ["Andrew" has been struck-through] Capt. Cot authorised me to receive from the said Andrew Jackson, I say rec'd by me from the said Andrew Jackson the date above/ Joseph Wyatt". Andrew Jackson Autograph Receipt Signed "Andrew Jackson" Twice in the third person within the text, 7.5" x 2.5", November 5, 1817. In part: "Then rec'd of Andrew Jackson twenty Dollars in full for the plank of a Boat, Bought by Andrew Jackson from Richard Gunn". Additional receipts include one from the Hermitage, September 21, 1808, for "Doct. William Clard Jr acct with Jackson & Hutchings" for various dry goods. Others are for various items, such as produce, hogs, and ferry boat services. One receipt is signed by John Coffee for "articles . . . charged on the books, and . . . paid for by Genl. Jackson". Another is for William Eastin, the father of Mary Eastin (who would later become a ward of Andrew Jackson and close friend of Emily Donelson), for "Sixty nine pieces of Bacon, roughly Eleven Hundred pounds for the use of Genl Andw Jackson" (August 26, 1818).
Two Business Documents: (1) Andrew Jackson Autograph Partial Business Expense Document. One page, 7" x 12", September 21, 1818, Melton's Bluff [Alabama]. The lower half of the document has been written by Jackson, itemizing business expense transactions, such as "Cash paid Lambert for cribbing corn - 5.50" and "Shirt for Stephen - 1.50". (2) John Hutchings' Estate Document containing "monies paid by John Coffee one of the Executors of the Estate of John Hutchings". Includes "Amt. paid Andrew Jackson 1258.56", dated January 10, 1820.
One Letter: William W. Crawford Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 7.5" x 12", August 29, 1819, n.p. In this letter, Crawford, a hired worker, gives an account to "Genl. Andrew Jackson" for his extravagant expenses on a recent trip to transport Jackson's "corn, cotton Seed and fodder". He begins the letter with "You wish an explanation of the money that I have laide out which I will try to give you in plain truth when I went to M[elton]s Bluff". Crawford's account then details his troubles in finding a ferry that was not too expensive, which he never did. This letter comes with eight receipts bearing William W. Crawford's name - several for ferry services and all are likely related to this misadventure.
Andrew Jackson, John Coffee, and John Hutchings (a nephew of Rachel Donelson Jackson) formed a business partnership in 1804, which lasted several years. The partners operated a tavern and dry goods store four miles from the Hermitage. They also bought land in Alabama. John Hutchings died in 1817 and Andrew and Rachel Jackson became guardians of his son, Andrew Jackson Hutchings. The documents in this wonderfully varied archive contain some foxing, age toning, ink spots, and occasional bleed-through; overall very good condition. Ex. The Papers of John Coffee.
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