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    Andrew Jackson Letter Signed as President. Two pages, 7.75" x 12.5"; January 29, 1830. A handwritten letter in an unknown hand and signed by Jackson as president to a Mr. Whily (or Whity) concerning Jackson's recollections of activities of a steam boat in New Orleans during the War of 1812. In part: "... Being without my military journal I can say nothing with positiveness on the subject to which you have called my attention. The Steam Boat you speak of was at New Orleans during the invasion of the British in 1814, 15, and whilst the British before that city, that Boat was aground on the Batterie claimed by Mr. Livingston. But I do not believe she was in the employ of the United States when she run aground: indeed, suspicions were quite current at the time that she had been run aground the batterie in order to avoid being used by me and not incur the hazard of being damaged by the rockets of the enemy... She was got off and sent up the Mississippi after arms etc. which she brought to Orleans... Andrew Jackson."

    Jackson responds to an inquiry concerning a steam boat in New Orleans during the invasion of the United States by the British army during the War of 1812. Jackson refers the correspondent to Edward Livingston (1764-1836), a New York born politician who had moved to New Orleans in 1804, who served as Jackson's advisor and aide-de-camp during the war. Livingston later served as a U.S. senator from Louisiana and as President Jackson's secretary of state.

    Condition: The letter has three horizontal mail folds and one vertical fold, with slight weakening at the intersection of the bottom horizontal and vertical fold. There is a bit of mounting residue along the top of the letter on the front, and two spots of dark toning.


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