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117: GIFT OF A JEFFERSON LAW BOOK TO PRESIDENT JACKSON

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Title: Autograph Letter, signed, presenting a gift of a Jefferson law book to President Andrew Jackson
Author: [Goodenow, John M.] Wonedoog M. Nhoj
Description: Autograph Letter, signed. 1 pp. “To His Excellency Andrew Jackson".Goodenow humbly presents a unique copy (long since lost) of his 1819 "Historical Sketches of the Principles and Maxims of American Jurisprudence…""" (an “imperfect work, no copy of which was ever sold, and which never was intended for the market”), with “high respect and profound veneration” to President Andrew Jackson. Goodenow had originally given this copy to Thomas Jefferson, then bought it back when, on Jefferson’s death, his personal library was sold at auction. John Milton Goodenow (1782-1838) was an eccentric pioneer lawyer in Ohio who was elected to the US Congress in 1829, serving only until April 9, 1830, when he was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court. Undoubtedly before leaving Washington, he gave this book to Jackson. Goodenow had also been Grand Master of Ohio Masons and his backwards signature and Masonic dating of this letter was clearly intended as a sort of “secret handshake” with his fellow Mason, the President – one that may have caused some embarrassment at the White House as 1830 was the height of anti-Masonic furor in American politics. Goodenow later immigrated to the newly-independent Republic of Texas in 1837 and died in New Orleans the following year."
Heading: (Masonic)Place Published: No place
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Date Published: A[nno] L[ucis] 5830 [1830]

Condition

Creased from mailing, light edge wear, archival repairs on verso to splits at folds; very good.

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