JACKSON, Andrew. Autograph letter signed ("Andrew Jackson") TO JAMES K. POLK, Governor of Tennessee, Hermitage, 2 December 1843. 1 full page, 4to, integral address leaf with panel in Jackson's hand addressed to "His Excellency James K. Polk." [With:] JACKSON. Autograph free frank signed ("Free Andrew Jackson"), with original circular Nashville postmark, stamped "Free." Very fine condition.
"VAN BUREN AND YOURSELF WILL BE THE NOMINEES..." PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ADVICE FROM A PAST MASTER
A very fine political letter. From retirement, Jackson demonstrates his continuing close involvement in the shifting currents of presidential politics, as the Democratic party prepares to hold its nominating convention. "Doctor Cass, from Philadelphia, who is introduced to me by Col. Jos. Page of Philadelphia in the warmest manner, has just left me. Dr. Cass is one of the Van Buren Committee of Philadelphia, who inform me that Van Buren and yourself will be the nominees of Pennsylvania if you and him [sic] are presented by the South & West, nearly unanimously; or in such a way as will ensure your predominancy, as the nominees of the Baltimore convention. The Doctor assures me, from all the correspondence he has had with the Democratic Committee of Philadelphia that Van Buren will certainly be the nominee, and expressed great astonishment at finding, on visiting the Union office, Nashville, to learn, there that Genl. Cass has any strength in this state. That one of the Editors [of that paper] is strongly in favor of Cass, & says he is strong in this state. I give you this information that you may take some step to correct the Union, and that it may come out in favor of Van Buren & yourself, or you will lose the state of Pennsylvania. In haste, yr. Friend...."
While Lewis Cass of Michigan had garnered significant support, Van Buren, Jackson's trusted lieutenant, was the front-runner going into the May Democratic convention. His stated opposition to the annexation of Texas cost him vital southern support and Polk, a dark-horse candidate, ultimately became the nominee. After his election victory over Henry Clay, Polk offered Van Buren a diplomatic appointment, which he declined.