Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 147

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
SENDING SON TO CARE FOR GRIEVING AND AILING SLAVES JACKSON, ANDREW. Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to his adoptive son Andrew Jackson, Jr., relaying a report from [Jackson's nephew Andrew Jackson] Donelson that the corn and cotton crop yield is good and that negroes at the Hermitage have died or are ailing, requesting that he go to the Hermitage to care for them, and inquiring about the check Andrew J. Crawford issued to pay for a colt. 2 1/2 pages, 4to, written on a folded sheet; loss to lower portion of terminal page (not affecting text), faint scattered dampstaining, expert repair to complete closed separation at horizontal fold on terminal page, moderate toning to upper and side edges. Washington, 2 September 1833

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"Major Donelson returned late last night, and from his report, I think it will be well, for you to visit the Hermitage as early as your convenience, & the season will permit. The Major says, two of your young negroes died whilst he was there, but does not know their ages or names--that Lindy, and Alabama Sally, were sick, and Hanna, Dicks eldest daughter was still confined with her hip--he says that the negroes appear as they were entirely abandoned by their owners, and in a state of despair. These considerations will make it necessary, as I cannot go, that you should, and remain at least a while, to encourage & convince them that we are constantly watching over them, and their good treatment, and will not permit them to be ill treated or misused.
"Major Donelson informs that our crop is good, the corn good, and the cotton supposed to average 800 to the acre--this, if it can be taken in early, well handled and sold at the present price, will produce at our landing seven thousand dollars. . . .
"It appears that Mr. Andrew J. Crawford has sold to Major Henry Rutledge a tract of land for his son upon his paying us $600 for the third colt. Mr. Rutledge has sent on a check for the amount . . . ."