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    Andrew Jackson Autograph Letter Signed as President. Two pages, with integral address leaf, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington [D.C.]; September 9, 1835. Letter to his daughter-in-law Mrs. Sarah Jackson, in which Jackson asks about his grandchildren's health and for his compliments to be passed on to Dr. Philip Syng Physic, a prominent Philadelphia physician. In part: "I was gratified with a note from our friend Mr. Luper of the 7th instant in which he says, 'I saw Andrew this morning and was pleased to hear that Mrs. Jackson and children were well.' From your last I was fearful that our dear little ones were still labouring and the colds & coughs with which they left us. I trust in a kind providence that they are free from the cough & particularly our little Rachel whose constitution as yet is not able to bear a severe attack, and particularly of cough... I do not wish to hurry you and Andrew, but I begin to have a great desire to see you all, and particularly our dear little pets-kiss the dear little ones for me, and accept for you, Andrew & them my kindest blessing. / I am your affectionate father Andrew Jackson." Jackson adds two holographic postscripts at the end of the letter.

    Sarah Yorke Jackson (1803-1887) was the daughter-in-law of President Andrew Jackson. She married Andrew Jackson, Jr., the adopted of Jackson, in 1831. She served as White House hostess and de facto First Lady of the United States from November 26, 1834, to March 4, 1837. Born into a wealthy Philadelphia family, Sarah married Andrew Jackson, Jr. (1808-1865), the adopted son of Andrew Jackson, in Philadelphia on November 24, 1831. The couple lived at Jackson's Hermitage in Tennessee, managing the plantation until a fire destroyed much of the main house in 1834. The couple and their two young children went to Washington to live with President Jackson at the White House. At first, Sarah served as co-hostess of the White House along with the President's niece Emily Donelson, who had served as White House hostess and unofficial First Lady since the beginning of the president's term in 1829. She took over all duties as White House hostess after Emily Donelson died of tuberculosis in 1836. Sarah remained at the White House until Jackson's term expired in 1837.

    This letter to his daughter-in-law shows Jackson the family man, and the the tender side of Jackson, a man known for his short temper, irascibility, his hatred of his political enemies, and his dueling.

    Letter is accompanied by a typescript transcription of the letter.

    Condition: The letter has the usual folds, with repairs made at an earlier time in two places along the top horizontal fold. A few stray spots of foxing, and a strip of mounting remnant along integral address sheet.


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    My Dear Sarah,

     

    I was gratified with a note from our friend Mr. Luper of the 7th instant in which he says, 'I saw Andrew this morning and was pleased to hear that Mrs. Jackson and children were well.' From your last I was fearful that our dear little ones were still labouring and the colds & coughs with which they left us. I trust in a kind providence that they are free from the cough & particularly our little Rachel whose constitution as yet is not able to bear a severe attack, and particularly of cough.

     

    I hope you have seen my dear old friend Doctor Phisic [Philip Syng Physic] and delivered to him my kind regards & message-if you have not before you leave, have the goodness to see him and say to him how many obligations I am under for his attentions to my dear little Rachel, and to him, as the agent under a kind providence I ascribe her being cured of her breast attack.

     

    I do not wish to hurry you and Andrew, but I begin to have a great desire to see you all, and particularly our dear little pets-kiss the dear little ones for me, and accept for you, Andrew & them my kindest blessing.

                                

    I am your affectionate father

    Andrew Jackson

     

    All our household

    desire to be affectionately

    presented to you, Andrew,

    and the dear little ones-

    The children are all getting

    well here, & little Rachel

    getting more teeth, I hope

    Andrew junr. has got his

    Eye teeth through-

     

    Sarah-

    Note. I was requested last Sunday evening by Mr. Adams to inform you, that on that morning your sister had presented him with a fine son and was doing well. I have been so pressed with business that until this moment I forgot to make it known to you and Andrew.

     



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