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Collection Reference Number GLC01690
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1831 
Title Andrew Jackson to Richard G. Dunlap attacking those he blamed for the Petticoat Affair
Date 18 July 1831
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Dunlap, Richard G.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects President  Corruption and Scandal  Government and Civics  Vice President  Politics  Journalism  Sexuality  Women's History  Marriage  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Dunlap, Richard G. (d. 1841)  Eaton, John (1829-1906)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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