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    Andrew Jackson signed address to Congress

    Andrew Jackson Document Signed as President. One page, 7.25"x 12.5"; May 29, 1830. An address "To the House of Representatives" concerning a resolution he signed regarding the compensation of officers in the Marine Corps signed "Andrew Jackson" at the conclusion. In full:

    Gentlemen

    Having approved and signed a resolution originating in the House of Representatives which provides "that the pay, subsistence, emoluments and allowances received by the officers of the Marine Corps, previous to the first of April 1829 be, and the same is hereby directed to be continued to them from that date up to the 28th of February 1831"; it becomes my duty to call the attention of Congress to the fact, that the estimates for that branch of the public service submitted to them at the commencement of the present session, were made with reference to the pay, subsistence, emoluments and allowances provided for by law, and including those which previously to the 1st of April 1829, had been made on the authority of the Department alone; and to suggest the propriety of an appropriation to meet the increased expenditure

    Andrew Jackson

    On May 29, 1830, the resolution, cited by President Andrew Jackson in the above document, was passed by both houses of Congress. Jackson's message, notifying Congress that he signed the resolution, is dated the same day, and was delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives by Andrew Jackson Donelson (1799-1871), the president's adopted son and private secretary (who probably drafted Jackson's message). What is interesting about this document is that it gives the impression that President Jackson, considering his long military career, was a supporter of the Marine Corps. This was not the case, however. A year earlier, he recommended that the Corps be merged either with the U.S. Army artillery or infantry. In 1831, Jackson's Secretary of the Navy, John Branch (1782-1863), recommended that the Marine Corps either be discontinued or be assigned to the army or navy. Three years later Congress placed the Marine Corps under the navy, while giving the president power to move the corps under the army. Ex. R. Douglas Stuart.

    Condition: Age toning, with some wear along the flattened folds. A bit of paper is affixed at top margin, with stray staining throughout. Dealer annotation in pencil in right margin and on verso. Includes provenance from dealer Forest H. Sweet.


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