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Three (3) documents relating to President Andrew Jackson (b. 1767-d. 1845, President 1829-1837) including two (2) letters possibly endorsed by Jackson, plus three (3) printed news items relating to Jackson, and one (1) John Eaton ALS from 1831, the year of his resignation due to the Petticoat Affair. (7 items total). 1st item: Letter dated 14 April, 1829 from John Houston to Jackson's private secretary, his nephew Andrew Jackson Donelson (spelled incorrectly here as Donaldson), seeking the President's help in his efforts to obtain a promotion to the Chief Clerkship in the Office of the U.S. Treasurer. En verso, possibly in Jackson's hand: "The president has read all the letters JH Houston sent ___ in due time will see the Treasurer on the subject of his letter." 9 3/4" x 16" sheet (folded at center). 2nd item: Letter dated Jan. 8, 1830, from Nicholas Philip Trist, withdrawing his application to be appointed secretary of the territory of Florida and recommending W.M.C. Fairfax. The letter is addressed to Andrew Jackson Donelson Esq "at the President's". Handwritten note in ink en verso, possibly in Jackson or Donelson's hand: "N.P. Trist withdraws his application to be appointed Sec of Florida." Single page, 9 3/4" x 7 3/4". 3rd item: Letter dated Aug. 15, 1836, from Nicholas P. Trist, who had just returned from Havana (where he was consul); requesting Jackson intervene in the case of an "injustice" against a Lt. Downing of the United States Navy. Addressed to "Andrew Jackson Donelson, Esq. Private Secretary to the President." Single page, folded. 9 3/4" x 15 1/2". 4th item: Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress, Dec. 4, 1832 from the National Intelligencer (Extra), single sheet recto only, 21 1/2" x 15 1/2", on relations with foreign countries including Britain and Spain, the national debt and manufacturing. 5th item: Reports of the death of Jackson in the Wyoming County Record newspaper with biography, funeral coverage. 19 1/2" x 13". 6th item: The National Intelligencer, Extra, Oct. 9, 1832, a response from Congressman William Russell of Ohio, withdrawing his support for Andrew Jackson and denouncing "the abominable misrule of Gen. Jackson and the unprincipled cabal with which he is surrounded." Bound in paper cover, 9" x 6 3/8". 7th item: John Eaton ALS giving Major William B. Lewis power of attorney to endorse certain notes drawn on Amos Kendall, Philip G. Randolph, and John Bell when they come due. Dated Sept. 17, 1831. 9 1/2" x 8". Note: Jackson's appointment of Senator John Eaton as Secretary of War set off a scandal known as the Petticoat Affair, because of Eaton's marriage to Margaret "Peggy" Eaton. Eaton resigned in 1831, the year this document was signed. Provenance: the estate of Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: general toning and creases, two holes (1" and 1/4"), the larger extending into the red seal mark adjacent to Jackson's writing. 2nd item: staining at lower left and right edges; general toning and creases. 3rd item: a few light stains, a few previous owner pencil notations. 4th item – fragile condition with many separations at fold lines, significant toning and foxing. 5th item (- very fragile with significant losses along edges, some discoloration. 6th item: Discoloration and scattered small holes, edge chipping. 7th item: light stain across Eaton's signature. Some items with previous owner pencil notations. Scattered stickers are on plastic sheaths, not on the paper.