Historic 1835 Andrew Jackson assassination attempt letter!!
This is a wonderful four-page handwritten letter from New York dated Feb 15th 1835. Written to Charles G. Ferris, a prominent New York politician. It talks in detail about the attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson!
“...the song which you sent me puts me in mind of a piece which I spoke not long since at school it was Wallaces address to his troops when they fought for the freedom of their country Scotland.
The following is one of the verses it begins as follows:
"Stand the ground is your own any leave
Will you give it up to slaves
Will you look for greener graves
Hope ye mercy still”
I should like you to write me a description of the affair between Jackson and the man who was going to assassinate him. It is rumored about in the city than a man by the name of Lawrence was going to shoot him but was prevented by gentlemen who knocked him down and thus he was secured. The paper states that the only reason he could give was that his father was killed by Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans and that he had come to revenge his father's death... I have also heard a great man into Jackson people remark that they wish he was shot. For my part I do not see you for what reason they wish it especially against a man who has done so much good for his country and besides what good would it have done them if he had been killed... none. for none but the anti-Jacksonians has he offended and why has he offended them merely because he did as he had a right to do and that was because he remove the despots. As you perceive, that my pen is bad and it is also very late so that between these two misfortunes I must now leave writing.
Your affectionate friend
Wm G Banks
The letter is written by a young man from a politically connected family and it is very interesting to read.
In very good condition. Please see the remaining photos at the bottom of the page. Also click on the link for more details on the attempt on Jackson's life.
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Charles Goadsby Ferris (ca. 1796 – June 4, 1848) was a U.S. Representative from New York.
Born at "The Homestead," Throggs Neck, the Bronx, New York City, Ferris received a limited education. He studied law, and after being admitted to the bar, practiced in New York City. He served as member of the New York City Board of Aldermen in 1832 and 1833.
Ferris was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dudley Selden and served from December 1, 1834, to March 4, 1835.
Ferris was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843). He was largely instrumental in securing an appropriation through Congress to build the first telegraph line. He died in New York City June 4, 1848.