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Letter, 21 March 1836, of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
to Congressman Richard I. Manning

Letter, 21 March 1836, of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) to Congressman Richard I. Manning discusses the controversy in Congress over abolition memorials and expresses his regard for Manning "as the representative of that portion of So. Carolina which gave me birth." Written in response to a dispatch from Manning, Jackson's letter was penned by his nephew Andrew Jackson Donelson but bears the signature of Andrew Jackson.

Although the letter is largely political in nature and affirms Jackson's belief that "the course taken by Mr. Pinckney was the most effectual one to quiet the agitation which had been produced by the attempts of the abolitionists," it is particularly noteworthy for Jackson's closing statement regarding what he considered to be his native state—"I look back with fondness, Sir, to that sacred spot, and feel an interest in whatever affects its character and prosperity which words can scarcely express. Among the reminiscences of my life now near its close there are none so bright as those which recal[l] the scenes of my youth: and you could offer nothing more acceptable to my feelings than the assurance that the inhabitants of that region feel the interest of my friends in my private welfare while they approve of my public conduct."

"Whilst his resolutions place the subject of constitutional power in respect to the states on the proper ground, and wisely abstain from agitating the abstract question of the legal power of Congress within the district of Columbia," Jackson wrote with reference to the role of Charlestonian Henry Laurens Pinckney in securing passage of resolutions that led to the adoption by the House of the policy of tabling all petitions for the abolition of slavery, "they embrace the most important of those considerations of expediency on which the citizens of the non slaveholding states can give us the aid of their cooperation in checking what is manifestly dangerous to the peace and harmony of the country....the temperance and patriotism you have evinced in sustaining him are deserving of the highest commendation and cannot fail to secure you the approbation of a liberal and generous public."

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