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    Buchanan organizes support for Andrew Jackson's 1828 campaign

    James Buchanan Autograph Letter Signed. One and a half pages of a single sheet, 7.75" x 9.75", Lancaster; April 9, 1827. Buchanan writes to General George B. Porter on the approaching Jackson Campaign. In part:

    "I am very glad the meeting of the members of the Legislation was so large & respectable. It would certainly be desirable that you should accomplish your purpose & get the Secretaries to record the names of those who were present. In this manner the exact number of Jackson men in the Legislation might be ascertained & published to the world.

    Individually I should have been better pleased had the invitation extended to all the friends of Gen. Jackson in the Legislation: perhaps however it may have been better policy to exclude the Federalists. To have admitted them might have injured the cause in the states & their rejection may perhaps do some harm in New Jersey & Delaware. In the other states of the Union little good or harm can result from it either way. Wise men will say that it is folly to keep up names & distinctions after the principles upon which they were founded have caused to divide parties' but yet we know that names have always had a powerful influence upon the public mind. Perhaps therefore W. Duncan was right. At all events the course pursued will protect our liberal democratic friends from being injured by the willingness to unite with us in a cause which is that of the whole American people. I do not know who is the author of the preamble & resolutions. They are not mine & I am glad of it."

    Buchanan had run for Congress as a Republican-Federalist in 1920, and during his tenure, became a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson. After Jackson lost the 1824 election to John Quincy Adams, Buchanan helped organize Jackson's supporters into the Democratic Party. The letter offered here evidences Buchanan's efforts to organize support for Jackson's bid for the presidency in the 1828 election. Jackson would succeed in beating John Quincy Adams, and after his 1832 reelection, would reward Buchanan's loyalty with and ambassadorship to Russia. Accompanied by an engraving of Buchanan. Ex. R. Douglas Stuart.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, two small areas of soiling near bottom, else very good.


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