Andrew Jackson to MVB, 31 July 1840
July 31st 1840
My dr Sir,
Yours of the 16th. instant is just recd and I hasten to thank you for the enclosures, which I retain to refute the vagrant falshoods of our noisy worshipers of Hard Cider, logg Cabins & Coons, who have been exulting much that Newyork, South Carolina & Alabama &c &c were horse foot & dragoons going for them. I have all along assured them that the Federalists hard cider drinkers & Coon worshiperers would not carry a State in the union South or West of the potomac but one & that doubtfull—Kentucky. I am now persuaded my prediction will be realised.
I am proud that Col Johnson takes so well in the north & west. I hope the exertions of Polk will bear him up in Tennessee, but it is an up hill work here. Still I am sure of Tennessee for you. The Logg Cabin hard cider & Coon ^humbugery^ is doing us a great service every where and none more than in Tennessee.
I seize this opportunity to do you that Justice that I have, from the moment I heard that Mr Calhoun had approved of your leading measures and visitted you, intended to forward you. Indeed I intended for your justification to have done it long since, but bad health and other business has posponed it to this time. I now enclose it to you.
Andrew Jackson jnr has been ill for some time, is still low and feeble but I hope with care out of danger.
My Houshold all join me in kind regards to you & yours, & to all the heads of Departments. How does my friend Woodbury bear the slang wang of the opposition! I hope as well as I do. I am proud of their abuse. It is an unerring proof that I am right, as the pigeons flutter.
Please give my kind regards to Mr Kendall. I think Botts & Standly wish ^him^ still in the postoffice. He will be a host in our cause
P.S. With my kind regards to Blair & his family. Say to him I have recd his letter & I will answer it fully soon. A.J.
July 31 '40
Hard Cider falsehood
Col Johnson &
Printed in CAJ, 6:68 (excerpt). Additional copy in hand of Andrew Jackson Donelson, with Andrew Jackson's signature, MVB Papers, DLC (r. 36).