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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1842
|Andrew Jackson to Maunsel White about cotton, crops, friends and relations with Britain
|1 January 1842
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
|Jackson writes from Hermitage, his estate. Thanks White for a recent present of "sugar, syrup & oranges," characterizing the oranges as "the finest I ever saw." Expresses relief that White's family escaped a dreadful disease that swept through New Orleans the previous summer (possibly yellow fever). Assures White he (Jackson) will be a good host to White's British friend Joseph Courey, should Courey decide to call. Discusses business pertaining to a cotton shipment. Writes, "Our situation with England at present is critical. But a firm & energetic course if adopted by our Government will soon bring her to her senses- if she at once was told to restore the negroes taken from the Creole, or reprisals would be forthwith made... haughty Britain would yield to our demands & hereafter act justly by us- a temporising policy will never attain Justice from England..." (Britain took black slaves from the Creole, a ship). Regrets the "gloom" of the current cotton market. Mentions having two "severe attacks" the previous summer, from which he is still recovering.
|President Gift Diet and Nutrition Epidemic Health and Medical Yellow Fever Cotton Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Slavery African American History Slave Trade Maritime Navy
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) White, Maunsel (1783-1863)
|The Presidency; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Agriculture; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Health & Medicine
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Per the Jackson Papers, the letter should be dated 1842. White was a New Orleans commission merchant and planter.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859