Sep 24, 2020 - Sale 2546

Sale 2546 - Lot 186

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Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
WITH RELATED ANTI-JACKSON MANUSCRIPT LAID IN (PRESIDENTS--1828 CAMPAIGN.) Truth's Advocate and Monthly Anti-Jackson Expositor. 10 monthly issues (complete) in one volume. [4], 400 pages including collective title page and index leaf. 8vo, contemporary cloth-backed boards, moderate wear; minor foxing; early owner's signatures on flyleaf and elsewhere, inked library stamp on front pastedown. Cincinnati, OH: January to October 1828

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This periodical was dedicated to halting Andrew Jackson's second bid for the presidency. Every conceivable objection to his character and record is covered in depth. The six executed militia men who inspired the coffin broadsides are discussed on pages 127-42. A long September 1828 article accuses Jackson of being a partner in a slave dealership in 1810 (pages 330-36). The magazine even occasionally makes room for positive articles on Jackson's opponent, the incumbent John Quincy Adams. Sabin 97272; not in Lomazow's American Periodicals.
with--a manuscript purporting to be a transcript of two affidavits in support of the rumor that Jackson was the son of a prostitute and an enslaved man. In one, "William Rodgers" testifies that "Fanny Jennings came to America with the King's soldiers under the command of Genl. Daubbs, who erected a fort in North Carolina in 1759 or 1760 . . . her second son Andrew was cast upon the King's court at the September term in 1767; they gave him a name by vote, Andrew Jackson, after his supposed father, who was a slave, and one fourth in the African blood, and bound him to Lawyer Avery." The second testimony by one "W.B." recalls knowing Fanny and Andrew Jackson as a young boy. Neither piece of testimony is dated, no place is given, and no other clues are offered to the identity of William Rodgers or W.B. The campaign rumor regarding Jackson's mother is well-known, but this specific testimony was not widely published. We don't find this text anywhere in Google Books, but a nearly identical text appeared in the Burlington (Vermont) Sentinel and Democrat on 22 August 1828. 2 manuscript pages, 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches; folds, moderate wear, two bits of the text torn from the bottom edge (with the remnants still in place on the book's front pastedown).