1830 Letter by General John E Wool - Political Games - Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

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1830 Letter by General John E Wool - Political Games - Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun

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Item No. SQ9224147

Offered here is an interesting 1830 letter written and signed by General John E. Wool, a veteran of the War of 1812 and, after the writing of this letter, the Mexican War and the Civil War (he would be the oldest general officer in either the US or CS armies). Both the letter and original cover were signed by Wool, who was then serving as an inspector general. He wrote the letter to Francis Baylies, a formerly Jacksonian congressman from Massachusetts. In it he discussed political shenanigans in the Andrew Jackson administration, mentioning John C. CalhounHenry Clay, and Martin Van Buren. The letter reads, in part:

Yesterday as you no doubt have already seen in the newspaper, the senate by one or two majority confirmed the nomination of Henshaw [David Henshaw, who had been nominated as Boston Customs Collector]. I had some hope that he would have been rejected. But he has played his usual game by convincing the Calhoun men to believe that he is with them and the Van Buren men go for all nominations in order to retain their ascendancy over the President...Discord is the order of the day. The Calhoun men are determined to clip the wings of V.B. They will destroy each other and consequently Henry Clay will be the successor of Jackson. Calhoun has all the interests of the Jackson party in both houses on his side...no measure of the administration can be adopted without the approbation of Calhoun and no measure will be adopted that is calculated to increase the strength of Jackson. I frankly acknowledge that I shall have no tears to shed for the administration if it should be dissolved broken up and put to flight. They are pursuing a course which no man can comprehend...who could have imagined that a President with the interests of the country to support him could have so soon have blasted the hopes of all his friends. It is indeed enough to make one 'hate, hate, hate domestic politics'... I am sick, sick, sick of human nature....

Wool signed the letter as "W.J.E." The letter was written upon all four pages of a 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate even at the folds, where creases remain. Light toning. Includes the original cover franked by Wool (as "John E Wool") and postmarked April 13 in Washington. Cover is tanned, but with most of the original red wax seal still present.

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