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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1832
|Andrew Jackson to William B. Lewis on the nullification crisis
|28 August 1832
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
|Lewis, William B.
|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.
|President Nullification Slavery Slave Rebellion African American History Politics Law Government and Civics
|Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Lewis, William Berkeley (1784-1866) Calhoun, John Caldwell (1782-1850)
|The Presidency; Government & Politics; Law; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859