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Andrew Jackson


In the following letter written between the War of 1812 and the First Seminole War, Jackson writes to his wife regarding their son and about a treaty with the Cherokee Nation.

Chikesaw council house Sept. 18th. 1816

My Love,

Tell him his sweet papa labours hard to get money to educate him, but when he learns & becomes a great man, his sweet papa will be amply rewarded for all his care, expence, & pains-
   I have this moment recd. your affectionate letter of the 8th. Instant, I rejoice that you are well & our little son. Tell him his sweept papa hears with pleasure that he has been a good boy & learns his Book, Tell him his sweet papa labours hard to get money to educate him, but when he learns & becomes a great man, his sweet papa will be amply rewarded for all his care, expence, & pains-how thankfull I am to you for taking poor little Lyncoya home & cloathing him-I have been much hurt to see him there with the negroes, like a lost sheep without a sheperd.

  we have had a long and disagreable time of it here, our servants have been all sick, Doctor [James Craine] Bronaugh very low, Jame had like to have went, but is on the mend-I hope we will get through our business tomorrow & leave here day after for Turkey town in the cherokee nation, I hope to reach home about the 5th. or 6th. of october we have made a conditional Treaty with the cheorkee delegation and are to meet a full council at Turkey Town on the 28th. Instant to have it fully ratified--I have a sanguine hope we will be fully successfull with the chikesaw and once more, regain by tribute, what I fairly, & hardly purchased with the sword, so much trouble & cost has been occassioned by the rashness, folly, & Ignorance of a great little man. But as successfull as I have reason to believe we will be at present, I shall be contented-I have truly noted the conduct of the overseer, & negros, as soon as I return will take a satisfactory order on all-and you will charge him to sell nothing without your express orders- I will make him more than answerable for the Vallue-with my sincere prayers for your health and happiness, and my little son & all the family believe me to be affectionately yours.


Andrew Jackson

P.S. I Thank you for your admonition I hope in all my acts & conduct through life they will measure with propriety and dignity, or at least with what I believe true dignity consists, that is to say honesty, propriety of conduct, & honest independence -A.j.
Mr James Jackson on your application will take order on Sampson if necessary, that family will sell any where, better below than in Nashville, but I suppose in Nashville for $14. or 1500-

[The above letter is reproduced exactly as written and was obtained through the Andrew Jackson Papers Project]


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