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Title: [Letter] 1829 Jan. 21, Portsmouth [to] Gen[era]l [Andrew] Jackson, Nashville [Tennessee] / [John F. Decatur] : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Decatur, John

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Date: January 21, 1829
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter of sympathy for the death of the First Lady, Rachel Jackson. It is dated January 21, 1829, and is addressed to President Andrew Jackson. It is presumably from John F. Decatur.
Collection:John F. Decatur Papers
Box:MS 1910
Document: sc182

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Portsmouth Jany [January] 21 29 [1829]
Beloved Genl [General]

I have recently heard of the funeral solemnities of Mrs Jackson , which has pierced my heart with a thousand sorrows; not only mine, but my dear wife & children seem to feel a tender sympathy for you why should I talk of myself & Family may I not say that [unclear: even ] the great majority of this whole nation, would not in sackcloth if they could have prolonged the life of that amiable & [unclear: dignified ] form who has now been taken from your affectionate bosom__ Oh that I could find a [unclear: balm ] of assuage the greef [grief] of a heart bleeding under the aggravated strokes of divine Providence__ Had it been Father, or Brother, I could more sensibly have joined you in drinking the bitter cup___ Permit me to say that you have not to morn [mourn] us they that have no hope for you nor I have no reason to doubt from her virtuous life, but that your affectionate companion is now in heaven far above the contentions of this world. and if she could be permited [permitted] as a guardian angel to watch over any one she would undoubtly [undoubtedly] direct her flight towards him, who morns her absence, and who kneeds [needs] at this critical moment some angel of mercy to be near__

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accept my best wishes for your future happiness_

To Genl Jackson President of theUnited StatesNashville2__

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