October 04, 1836

Andrew Jackson Predicts Van Buren Will Win With a Greater Majority than Any Since Washington

Autograph Letter Signed
4 pages
SMC 944
Primarily concerned here with Attorney General Butler’s also taking over as Secretary of War, Jackson makes two predictions: one unluckily right, and the other, luckily wrong.
Emily Donelson, his niece and White House hostess, has had “a severe hemorrhage from the lungs," he writes, and is further weakened by “a nausea at the stomach, and a disposition to vomit”; he fears she will not recover. Jackson was right; she died in December, at the age of 28. The loss was shattering, and made him long to quit the White House.

He was wrong, however, about the margin by which his Vice President and chosen successor, Martin Van Buren, would win in 1836. “Van Buren will be elected,” he predicts, “by a larger majority than any president before him with the exception of Washington.” Wrong: he won handily, but not nearly as convincingly as Jackson, just four years before.
Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 3 pages, recto and verso, quarto, Washington, October 4, 1836.  With Free Franked integral address leaf. To Attorney General B.F. Butler in New York.
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