** AN INDEPENDENCE DAY TOAST **
Two-page manuscript letter signed “Andrew Jackson” AS PRESIDENT, 9 x 7.5, on a bifolium of wove paper, body of the letter in the hand of Jackson’s nephew and secretary, Andrew J. Donaldson, Washington, July 1 ,1834.
“The State of Pennsylvania— … the Key stone of the Union.” Jackson graciously drafts a reply to an invitation to celebrate the Fourth of July with the first congressional district of Pennsylvania, then represented by the Jacksonian John Wurts, president of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, in full:
I have received your polite note of the 20th ulto. on behalf of the Democratic citizens of the first congressional District of Pennsylvania, inviting me to participate with them in the celebration of the anniversary of our Independence. It being out of my power to unite with you on this occasion except in the indulgence of those sentiments of joy and gratitude which it is so well calculated to inspire, I can only tender you my thanks for the honor conferred upon me by the invitation.
In compliance with your request I offer the following toast[:] The State of Pennsylvania—she has been called the Key stone of the Union. Well has she proved herself to be so.
Docketed on verso of integral leaf; some light spots of soiling, a few fold separations and repairs, including to central fold affecting last two letters of Jackson’s signature, which extends to the third page.
Provenance: Joe Rubinfine American Historical Autographs