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Collection Reference Number GLC04913
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1838 
Title Andrew Jackson to Frederick W. Porter refusing 'charity' of a membership to the American Sunday School Union
Date ca. December 1838
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Additional authors Porter, Frederick W.
Recipient Porter, Frederick W.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Jackson's letter is one page, written on the back of a two page letter sent to him by Porter. The address is also from Porter's letter. Porter's letter was sent from Philadelphia 27 November 1838. Porter's letter explains to Jackson that "A friend in Tennessee", unnamed, has paid for him to become a member of the American Sunday School Union, and explains the Union's work. In Jackson's reply he refuses to accept the membership, stating "Charity begins at home." He will not accept charity from others, and cannot afford to pay the fee himself, though he agrees with the Union's work.
Subjects President  Charity and Philanthropy  Education  Religion  Finance  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Porter, Frederick W. (fl. 1820-1845)  
Place written Hermitage, Tennessee
Theme Education; Religion; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Frederik W. Porter was the corresponding secretary at the American Sunday School Union in Philadelphia.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859