Richmond: Thomas W. White, 1827. 24pp, disbound, lightly foxed and toned, Good+.
The pseudonymous author seeks to resolve the "state of distressing perplexity in which I find myself:" to vote for Jackson, or for Adams? He reviews the charges hurled at each candidate, the claims of their supporters, and the claim that Adams and Clay had entered into a "corrupt bargain" after the 1824 election, to deliver the presidency to Adams and the office of Secretary of State to Clay. In this battle, he finds the former Federalists and anti-Federalists organized "like the combined fleets of France and Spain at the battle of Trafalgar, arranged promiscuously, without any regard to order of national squadron."
He concludes without a decision, urging the partisans to ease off; and he asks friends of Jackson to obtain from him "an explicit declaration...that he will not, as commander in chief of the national forces, claim the right to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus."
FIRST EDITION. Haynes 14682. Swem 4443. Wise & Cronin [Jackson] 432. Item #8790