JACKSON, Andrew. Letter signed (''Andrew Jackson''), as former President, to Mahlon Dickerson, Hermitage, Tenn., 10 January 1838. 1 page, folio, address leaf in Jsckson's hand.
JACKSON, Andrew. Letter signed ("Andrew Jackson"), as former President, to Mahlon Dickerson, Hermitage, Tenn., 10 January 1838. 1 page, folio, address leaf in Jsckson's hand.
JACKSON BASHES THE WHIGS FOR MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS
"HE HAS BEEN SHAMEFULLY TREATED BY HIS BRETHREN OF THE CHURCH." A feisty Jackson letter denouncing his Whig enemies for ruining the career of a young clergyman. "This will be handed you by my friend Mr. J. O. Bradford," Jackson writes, "who is a young Gentleman of good Education and of high moral worth. He was pursuing a course of studies to fit himself for the Ministry of the Episcopalian order, and to enable him to proceed he became Editor of the Nashville Union for a short space of time. This so displeased a few of the Whig Elders, and Deacons of the church that they, for his becoming Editor, dropped him as a candidate for orders in their Church--some of whom are believed now never to have had three grains of religion. Mr. Bradford is therefore again turned upon the broad World to seek a support with nothing but his moral and private worth of character." Since Bradford formerly "followed a seafaring life in the merchant service," Jackson hopes Dickerson might find him a post "in our Navy, such as a Purser...Mr. B. has capacity enough to fill any subordinate office in any of the Departments. Col. Polk is well acquainted with his character..." Jackson hopes "it may be in the power of the government to give him employment. He has been shamefully treated by his brethren of the Church."