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    Scarce Early Andrew Jackson Document

    Andrew Jackson Document Signed. One page, 8" x 6.5", n.d., though likely early 1790s ("179" was not completely filled-in), n.p. A bond by two men to a third party outlining the conditions of the bond. In part: "Know all men by these presents that we William Dutton and Josiah Love are held and firmly bound unto John Muir in the penal sum of One Hundred Pounds. To be used on condition that the above bounden John Muir do well and truly with effect prosecute a suit by him this day commenced against the said John Muir otherwise pay and satisfy all costs and charges that may be awarded for failure."

    Jackson and David Allison have signed at the lower right. This was probably signed in the mid-1790s when Jackson, in his late twenties, was occupied with his legal practice, the business of his estate, and politics. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1796 and elected to the U.S. Senate in 1797. During this time he was also involved in land speculation with his partner, David Allison. Jackson made money by buying land and later reselling it to new settlers. He bought land for as little as 10¢ per acre, later reselling it for as much as $3 per acre. However, Allison went bankrupt in 1797, and his collapse severely strained finances of the many who were involved with him, including Jackson and Jackson's political mentor, William Blount. The latter became involved in a scheme known as the "Blount Conspiracy" which attempted to enhance the value of his southwestern lands by driving the Spanish out of Florida and Louisiana. The aftermath of Allison's collapse and the Blount Conspiracy generated years of legal cases which often employed Jackson, and in at least once instance, caused Jackson to represent a party suing Allison, his former partner. Documents from this early in Jackson's career are very scarce and difficult to locate. This document is age-toned with some separation beginning along the smoothed folds. The bottom edge is uneven and several stains exist, one lightly affecting the space between "Andrew" and "Jackson". Still, near good condition. Attractively framed and matted with a noble image of the popular seventh president to an overall size of 15" x 21.5".

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