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Title:[Letter] 1835 Jun 1 Washington [D.C.], [to] Stockly / A.J. Donelson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Donelson, A.J.

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Date: June 1, 1835
Extent: 4 p
Summary:This document is a letter written by A.J. Donelson on June 1, 1835. The letter discusses several students attending West Point and their scholastic abilities. Donelson also gives his political views on several candidates and practices that are important to the politics of the time.
Collection:William J. McCoy

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Washington June 1st 1835 Monday
Dear Stockly :

We reached this place on Saturday last [unclear: buy ] out nine days from Nashville. John & Andrew will go on to West Point day after tomorrow. They are promising youths and I trust will be distinguished at the Academy —

I found Emily & my children, as well as Uncle & Sarah & hers, in excellent health. They were delighted to hear from you all and to find that their connections in Tennessee were doing well. Tell Laura Anne that Mary & John accept their presents with much gratitude and promise not to be behind her in the pleasing

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offices of friendship and love. When I see Jackson I shall be able to tell whether he can [added: keep] up with Johns rapid studies as a student. I understand that W. [West] Point gives him credit for much [unclear: aptness ] in learning languages; if so I shall not dispair [despair] of him in other matters.

There was a good deal to amuse us on the road in the way of politics, particularly in Kentucky and Ohio . In the latter state I saw no one who thought of White as a candidate. Several Gentlemen of great intelligence and standing told me that there were not men enough of their knowledge in the state to make up an electoral ticket for him. It was almost as bad in Kentucky where he is only known as

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an auxiliary to the interests of the opposition to the administration, not of sufficient importance to be [unclear: dreaded ] by the one side or to be made much of by the other. The fact is that the elections in Va [Virginia] have completely over thrown the Judge, and he must either get permission from Bell to withdraw or be content with the honor of having been thought worthy of the Presidency by a few of his neighbors and by such no party politicians as are willing to unite with the [unclear: Nullies ] and Whigs and to call the leading measures of the administration [unclear: Lumbusserg ]. These no party men can never be better employed than in abusing the power

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which they derive from the party that has trusted or may trust them.

Do not forget to counsel Pool & Stacky: and to see occasionally that portion of my affairs which would require my attention of at home. By the 10th or 15th of June, the [unclear: cardcacian filly ] must be turned out and Mambrins refreshed by a little pasturage. He must [unclear: cover ] my Bolivian mare in July, but no other in that month or after it.

We all send our love to Mother, yourself & sister [unclear: Philicin ], & to cousin William & Elizabeth. Tell Mr. Randolph that Emily will write to him.

yrs [yours] [unclear: truly ]
A J Donelson

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