JACKSON, Andrew (1767-1845), President. Autograph letter signed ("Andrew Jackson," with large flourish), to Benjamin Franklin Butler in New York; Hermitage, 5 October 1843. 1½ pages, 4to, integral address leaf in Jackson's hand. In very fine condition.
A MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION, JACKSON IS ENCOURAGED AT THE "FLATTERING PROSPECTS" OF "THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF FORTY-FOUR"
Jackson introduces a "sound democrat," who will visit Butler in New York: "My friend W. Kay, W. Campbell Esq. Nephew of the Honble. George W. Campbell, will hand you this, and who[m] I beg leave to introduce to your acquaintance & polite attention. He is a gentleman of great moral worth, of good intelligence, and a sound democrat, and will be able to give you the political news of Tennessee and of the flattering prospect of the democracy in Tennessee in the presidential election of forty four."
The retired President details his fragile health: "I have been greatly affected this summer, and am now much debilitated & affected with shortness of breath. My daughter, Mrs. Jackson lies now very ill, but I hope a kind providence will restore her to health. I hope she is now out of danger....".
Van Buren, Jackson's hand-picked successor, had been unexpectedly edged out of the Democratic nomination for President. Polk, the first dark-horse candidate for the presidency, strongly endorsed the annexation of Texas and his candidacy was readily endorsed by Jackson. The aging Jackson even went to the length of campaigning for Polk in his home state of Tennessee. In spite of what Jackson saw as "the flattering prospects" for the Democrats in Tennessee, the Whig nominee, Henry Clay, succeeded in carrying Tennessee in the November elections, although he lost the election by a modest (2%) margin.