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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1827
|Andrew Jackson to Ezra Stiles Ely concerning personal attacks on Jackson and his wife
|19 May 1827
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
|Ely, Ezra Stiles
|Jackson explains that while he and his wife have been attacked viciously during this campaign, it has only made him more resilient. "All the slander that wickedness can suggest & falsehood invent, have been levelled against me, & my family, by the panders of power and corruption - this will recoil upon its own head - truth is mighty & will ultimately prevail - and when it does - I feel secure from the multiplied shots of slander." Also states that he is pleased with the support he has received from Philadelphia. Most of the attacks on Jackson focused on the fact that he married Rachel before she had technically been divorced from her previous husband. Besides the charge of adultery, however, were many other nasty accusations.
|President Election Politics Government and Civics Marriage Children and Family Corruption and Scandal
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Ely, Ezra Stiles (1786-1861)
|The Presidency; Government & Politics; Women in American History; Children & Family
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Ezra Stiles Ely was a Philadelphia clergyman.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859