JACKSON, ANDREW. 1767-1845.
Lot 1366
JACKSON, ANDREW. 1767-1845.
US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£2,400 - 3,600
amended
Auction Details
Lot Details
JACKSON, ANDREW. 1767-1845.
JACKSON LAUNCHES THE CAREER OF WILLIAM S. HARNEY.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Andrew Jackson"), 1 p, 4to, Nashville, July 23, 1817, to Benjamin Crowninshield, fine condition, float-mounted and framed.

Written by then Major-General Andrew Jackson, commander in chief of the Division of the South, on behalf of a young man aspiring to a position in the Navy, this letter marks the outset of a long military career marked by unusual distinction. Jackson informs Secretary of the Navy Crowninshield of a request from his old friend, Army surgeon Dr. Benjamin Harney, to help him "to procure an appointment in the Navy for his youngest brother W.S. Harney." Jackson explains that his confidence in Dr. Harney "induces my strong desire that his application may meet with success; in which event nothing would afford me more pleasure than being instrumental therein."
Jackson's letter did not, however, achieve its aim, as William S. Harney did not receive an appointment to the Navy. He did, however, receive one to the Army, and the following year, at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. First Infantry as a Second Lieutenant. Harney went on to distinguish himself in the 1st Seminole War, the Mexican War, and several other military campaigns leading up to the Civil War, in which he earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first prisoner taken by the Confederate Army. Upon his retirement from the army, Harney was brevetted to Major-General, and in the following years he played an integral role in the negotiations between the U.S. and the Indian Nations, among whom he HAd earned a reputation as an honest man.
See illustration.

Saleroom notices

  • This is a Letter Signed, not an Autograph Letter Signed. The body of the letter is in the hand of Jackson's aide, James M. Glassell [1790-1838].
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Lucy Carr
    Auction Administration - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5467
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843