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Collection Reference Number GLC00021
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1830 
Title Andrew Jackson to Samuel D. Ingham about punishment for a customs official
Date 8 March 1830
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Imgham, Samuel D.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes that Martin Gordon, a customs agent, was accused by traders of being too rigid in adherence to his duties. Jackson tells Ingham to admonish Gordon, advise him to be more lenient, but also hear his side of the story. Writes, "...whilst we protect the honest and fair dealer from all unnecessary delays, we ought to exact from all, the faithful fulfilment [sic] of the laws, for at such a port as New orleans where there are a great looseness of morals, the least restoration of law will be used to defraud the govt for the [Spanish] population have been educated to believe that it is no crime to cheat the govt." One bust engraving of Jackson included.
Subjects Corruption and Scandal  Global History and Civics  Commerce  Taxes or Taxation  Finance  Law  President  
People Ingham, Samuel D. (1779-1869)  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Gordon, Martin (fl. 1820-1830)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; Law; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Samuel D. Ingham was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Jackson in 1829. Martin Gordon was a custom's agent, and a friend of Jackson's.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859