LETTER FROM MRS. MARY BARNEY, OF BALTIMORE, TO ANDREW JACKSON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Washington: Peter Force, 1830. 16pp. Spine repaired, new stitching, light blindstamp, else Very Good.

This is a vigorous, skillful, and passionate attack on Andrew Jackson. It was printed in several locales and formats beginning in 1829.
Newly inaugurated President Jackson refused to re-appoint Major Barney as naval officer for the Port of Baltimore because, according to Mrs. B., the Major "preferred Mr. Adams for the Presidency, because he thought him qualified and you unqualified for the station." Mrs. Barney decries "the injury which you have inflicted on a meritorious officer and his helpless family." To Jackson's explanation that his "rules" forbade re-appointment Mrs. Barney responds, "Why should the President of a free country be governed by secret rules? Why should he wrap himself up in the black robes of mystery..." She denounces the Spoils System introduced by the President and his "Office Harpies."
AI 377 [2]. Not in Wise & Cronin, Decker, or Eberstadt. Item #26295

Price: $250.00

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