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Collection Reference Number GLC05661
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1832 
Title Andrew Jackson to William B. Lewis on the nullification crisis
Date 28 August 1832
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Lewis, William B.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes to Lewis about the widespread opposition to the issue of nullification. Declares that "Alabama is firm as a Rock for [Martin] Van Buren and against nullification," and names a few men opposed to it as well. Proclaims that nullification is " ... too absurd to be attempted by the patriotic south... South Carolina to do an act to destroy her own Liberty & property, ... to become a vassal of a foreign government, or to fall a victim to the barbarous hands of their own slaves." Informs that he is " ... prepared to act with promptness & energy and should the laws be resisted ... the laws will be duly executed and the Union preserved." Advises Lewis not to fear and confidently declares that he "could raise in Tennessee 10,000 Volunteers to put down opposition to the laws and nullification." Asserts that the nullifiers are exaggerating their support to alarm the administration.
Subjects President  Nullification  Slavery  Slave Rebellion  African American History  Politics  Law  Government and Civics  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Lewis, William Berkeley (1784-1866)  Calhoun, John Caldwell (1782-1850)  
Place written Nashville, Tennessee
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics; Law; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Lewis was a planter, politician, and quartermaster for Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. He served as second auditor of Treasury and was a member of Jackson's Kitchen Cabinet.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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