Mrs. Barney's Letter to Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, In Reply to One From Him, Through His Private Secretary, Rejecting Her Application to Him, In Favour of Her Husband

Baltimore: Self published? 1829.

Wraps. Disbound wraps. 7 pages. Light to moderate toning and foxing to the contents. Newly elected President Jackson refused to reappoint Major Barney as Naval Officer for the Port of Baltimore due to politics. Mrs. Barney strongly defends her husband and criticizes the President for his reasons and the pains he has inflicted upon her family. Jackson's Secretary replied to Mrs. Barney's letter and its content is located on page 7. In response to Jackson's claim that "rules" prohibited reappointment, Mrs. Barney replies "Why should the President of a free country be governed by secret rules" Why should he wrap himself up in the black robes of mystery..." She states towards the end of the letter "the wife whom you have thus agonized, drew her being from the illustrious Chase, whose voice of thunder early broke the spell of British allegiance, when, in the American Senate, he swore by Heaven that he owned no allegiance to the British Crown - one, too, whose signature, was broadly before your eyes, affixed to the Charter of Independence. The husband and the father whom you have wronged was the first born son of a hero, whose naval and military renown brightens the page of your country's history, from '76-1815, with whose achievements posterity will not condescend to compare yours; for he fought amidst greater dangers, and he fought for independence. By the side of that father in the second British war, fought the son; and the glorious 12th of September bears testimony to his unshaken intrepidity." Scarce. One copy located in OCLC (University of North Carolina).

Sabin 3543. Good. Item #15835

Price: $400.00

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