1832 · Baltimore
The pamphlet is one of the most detailed campaign indictments of the first Jackson administration, "a career of political injustice." The accusers comprise Maryland's anti-Jackson Party, in the Whigs' [National Republicans'] first presidential campaign, offering a ticket of Henry Clay and John Sergeant.
Jackson's "traits both of character, and mind" disqualify him for office; he has fostered the "evil tendency of party animosity;" he "filled his cabinet exclusively with his own personal and political friends;" his style of governing is monarchical. The charges of "executive persecution" are buttressed with detailed text and footnotes.
Jackson's public policies fare no better: his veto of the Maysville Road bill, despite having advocated a program of internal improvements during his legislative career, exemplifies his "duplicity and inconsistency." His "inveterate hostility to the Bank of the United States" threatens the stability of the country and exposes it to "oppressive evils arising from an inconvertible paper currency." His treatment of the Indians is a moral disgrace. Jackson's vice presidential running mate, Martin Van Buren, is equally awful.
FIRST EDITION. Wise & Cronin 135. Sabin 45063. AI 13885 . Not in Miles, Eberstadt, Decker. (Inventory #: 27019)