MRS. BARNEY'S LETTER TO ANDREW JACKSON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IN REPLY TO ONE FROM HIM, THROUGH HIS PRIVATE SECRETARY, REJECTING HER APPLICATION TO HIM, IN FAVOUR OF HER HUSBAND. BALTIMORE, JUNE 13, 1829.

[Washington? 1829]. 7pp, disbound, foxed. Good+.

This vigorous, skillful, and passionate attack on Andrew Jackson, only three months after his inauguration, is quite scarce. It was printed in several locales and formats. OCLC locates this 7-page printing only at the University of North Carolina; American Imprints adds the Library of Congress.
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 had "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 37705 [2]. OCLC 48842713 [1] [as of May 2014]. Sabin 3543. Not in Wise & Cronin, Decker, or Eberstadt. Item #5292

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