- I am just in the midst of reading a book entitled
'Andrew Jackson the Border Captain'
written in 1933 by Marquis James
and was taken by the excerpts of letters sent by Andrew Jackson and
his wife Rachel. The language and flourish was interesting as well as
the spelling in some cases.
A letter home just before the campaigns against the Creeks;
"I have this evening received your affectionate letter ...[and] your
miniature. I shall wear it near my bosom; but this was useless for my
recollection never fails me of your likeness.
"The sensibility of our beloved son has charmed me, ... He will take
care of both of us in our declining years, ... Kiss him for his papa
and give him nuts and ginger cake[I send].
"I thank you for your prayers. I thank you for your determined
resolution to bear our separation with fortitude. We part but for ...
a few fleeting weeks when the protecting hand of Providence... will
restore us to each others arms,...
"It is now 1 o'clock in the morning--the candle nearly out... May the
angelic hosts that reward and protect virtue and innocence and
preserve the good be with you until I return, is the sincere
supplication of your affectionate husband."
In replay Mrs. Jackson writes;
"Your letter...was everything to me...Where'er I go, where'er I turn,
my thoughts, my fears, my doubts distress me. Then a little hope
revives again and that keeps me alive...Do not my beloved husband let
love of country, fame and honor, make you forget [me]....You will say
this is not the language of a patriot, but it is the language of a
"Our little Andrew often does he ask me in bed not to cry, papa will
come again and I feel my cheeks to know if I am shedding tears...
"Your dearest friend on earth
Another letter to Andrew Jackson from his wife just after the battles
of Emuckfaw and Enotachopco. She received news of his battles at the
Hermitage from other sources other than her husband.
"My dearest Life, I received your Letter by Express....how did it
feel. I never Can disscribe it. I Cryed aloud and praised my god For
your safety....how long o Lord will I remain so unhappy. no rest no
Ease I cannot sleepe. all can come hom but you....I hope the Campaine
will soon end the troops that is now on their way will be sufficient
you have done now more than aney other man ever did before you have
served your County Long Enough....you have been gon six monthes...oh
Lord of heaven how Can I beare it. Colo Hayes waites...our Dear
Little Son sayes maney things to sweet papa...your faithfull wife
untill Death. Rachel Jackson."
A short time later Andrew Jackson led his troops to the Battle of
All spelling errors in her last letter were as written.