06-01-2013 06-01-2013
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June 1, 2013 11:00AMCalender
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Benton, Thomas Hart (politician) (1782-1858) Autograph Letter Signed, 11 December 1827. Single wove paper bifolium, watermarked Amies,

$270$225
Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2658B Location: Boston Date / Time: June 01, 2013 11:00AM

Description:

Benton, Thomas Hart (politician) (1782-1858) Autograph Letter Signed, 11 December 1827.
Single wove paper bifolium, watermarked Amies, Philadelphia; inscribed on two and half pages. To Elijah Hayward (1786-1864) expressing his enthusiastic belief that Andrew Jackson will defeat John Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election. With old folds, self-wrapping holograph envelope with seal and postmark, two marginal closed tears, otherwise good.
Even though Benton shot Andrew Jackson in 1813, he supported him in the presidential race against John Quincy Adams in 1824, and again in Jackson's successful 1828 rematch against Adams. In this letter, Benton predicts that Adams "will be without one vote in the nine western states." "The general conviction is that the game is up. [...] My own opinion is that [Andrew] J[ackson]'s election is just as certain as any human event can be, and in this I am joined by all our friends without exception."
Estimate $400-600


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Keywords

Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Hart, politician, Philadelphia, Elijah Hayward, presidential election, presidential race