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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1831
|Andrew Jackson to Richard G. Dunlap attacking those he blamed for the Petticoat Affair
|18 July 1831
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
|Dunlap, Richard G.
|Written by Jackson as President, upset by the events surrounding the resignation of Major John H. Eaton as the Secretary of War. Jackson praises Eaton, as well as Martin Van Buren and Major William Berkley Lewis for their loyalty. He attacks Vice President John C. Calhoun for what he sees as his plot to undo his administration in a "wicked depraved conspiracy," and regrets that he ever trusted Calhoun. Also attacks General Duff Green and his newspapers for being slanderous during this whole affair. The events referred to in this letter are all part of the notorious Petticoat Affair. Eaton's second wife, Peggy O'Neale Eaton, was considered too risque, and was not accepted in Washington society, despite Jackson's social attentions. John C. Calhoun, his wife, and other members of Washington's high society managed to force Eaton to leave office. The surrounding scandal that broke out also forced a number of Jackson's cabinet members to leave their positions, and left Jackson very bitter with those he held responsible.
|President Corruption and Scandal Government and Civics Vice President Politics Journalism Sexuality Women's History Marriage
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Dunlap, Richard G. (d. 1841) Eaton, John (1829-1906)
|The Presidency; Government & Politics; Women in American History
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Richard G. Dunlap served in the War of 1812, and at the time served in the Tennessee legislature. Also Texas' Secretary of the Treasury and Minister to the United States.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859