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Title:[Letter] 1821 Aug. 25 [to] Capt[ain] John Donelson / Rachel Jackson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jackson, Rachel

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Date: August 25, 1821
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated August 25, 1821 from Mrs. Andrew Jackson (Rachel) to her brother Captain John Donelson. The letter contains her views on the Seminole Campaign, her husbands troubles, and her grief over the death of her nephew.
Collection:Tennessee Historical Society

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Pansacola [Pensecola]
August 25- 1821[added: Box J1 No. 72 J] My Dear Brother

I have often thought I would sit Down & write you a few lines so maney [many] comeing [coming] in to interrupt me and more then all that a mind never at rest, O [Oh] what will our poor old sister say when she hers [hears] the mealancholey [melancholy] Death of her son He has found a grave in this land in this land of stangers [strangers], he waspurfectly [perfectly] in his sences [senses] to the last his lungs wer [were] much affected— Dr Bronough was very attentive tehi [to him] Andrew waited on him Day and night indeed all was kind to them—— I have not enjoyed myself no was contented no health but I hope to see you all againe [again] ther [there ] never was a man more Disappointed than he has been in the first place he has not the power to apoint [appoint] one of his friends which I thought was in part the reason of his comeing [coming] But far has it Exceeded Every Calculation it has almost taken His life— Capt [Captain] Call says its equel [equal] to the Simenole Campaine [Seminole Campaign], well I knew it would be a ruening concerne [ruining concern] I shall not pretend to Disscribe [Describe] the toile [toil] fatigue & trouble, those Spaniards had as here Dye as give up their Country, he has had turrible [terrible] senes [senses] the governer [governor] has been put in the Callibous [Calaboose] wich [which] a turrible [terrible] thing realy [really] I was afraide [afraid] ther [there] would be a rebelion [rebellion] But the Spanish Troops wer [were] all gon [gone] to the Havannah Several officers remaining Here yet we have a hope of gitting out the first

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october [October] for home Little Andrew and Colo [Colonel] Butler has started for Tennessee he was the most anxious creature I ever saw in my life Theay [They] all begin to think with me that Tennessee is the best Country yet Stockley Hutchings widdow [widow] and famaly [family] will return this fall poor thing She expects her Brother to come for her tell our friends and all I hope to see them againe [again] in our Country and to know it is the best I ever saw what a pitty [pity] that some do not know when theay [they] ar [are] well of [off] in this world theay [they] not only hurt themselves but those that is innocent—But still all things worketh together for good— Say to sister Mary I have herd [heard] but one sermon sine [since] I herd [heard] Mr Hoge he promised me to come to this place in June but no he never came I have mourned for Zion my tears has ran down in the night season— Mr J has been very unwell no wonder my health is delicate— The Lord is my help in him will I trust & I will praise him with joyful lips remember me to all my Dear friends the young ones O [oh] how I want [added: to] hear them tell that Jesus the hope of glory is formed in them tell Brother Sunday I have many things to say to him— farwell [farewell] my Dear Brother & my you say as pious job I knew that my redeemer [added: Cap John Donelso[gap]]

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Rachel Jackson

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Capt [Captain] John Donelson State of Tennesseemail [unclear: unk ]
[added: Mrs. Rachel Jackson(wife of Genl. J. [General Jackson] to her brother Capt [Captain] Donelson]

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