Correspondence of
Hon. John Hartwell Marable

John H. Marable to Genl. Andrew Jackson
3 Apr 1826

Washington, April 3, 1826

Genl. Andrew Jackson,

Dear Sir, It is an old saying that no man is so far from Trade as he who has nothing to trade upon. for a similar Reason I have not until this moment addressed you, even now nothing very important is within the perview of my Knowledge. on Saturday last Mr. McDuffie Gel. Vance and Mr. Trimble fo Kentucky had some sparing in the House which grew out of Mr. McDuffies argument in Favor of the amendments to the Constitution. on Friday last Vance in debate said if he suspected any one in the House for Corruption it would be the brawling blustering and vociferous Politician and declaimer and intimating and I thing expressly referring to McDuffie, which I believe he Vance does not say. Trimble also made several Innuendos which were not as the parliamentary men say tangible; but tending evidently to be construed into Charges and imputations against McDuffie. Vance in the Course of his Talk said he was peculiarly situated, that he had come from the very lowest order of society, that at the Age of 22 years he could not connect the Letters of the Alphabet and that promoted as he was by the People of Ohio when an Imputation of Corruption was cast on them he must and would sustain their character at the hazard of his Life.

Mr. Timble made a Talk somewhat in the same way and said that he had not the magnanimity to forget or forgive much less to vote for a man who had if he had not slandered at least made wonderful misrepresentations in Regard to the Kentucky Troops at the Battle of New Orleans. McDuffie in reply said to Genl Vance he was happy to inform him he had not changed his destiny as regarded his grade in Society, that he had never recognized Vance or Trimble as gentlemen, but that he knew the great political Juggler, Poltroon and Puppy, the Secretary of State Clay, that he knew he had set on his Minions, that he knew they were the mere Poppets on the Tapis whilst the Master hand was behind working the Wires, that his Object was to give Mr. Clay his Compliments, but that if Mr. Vance or Trimble thought themselves aggrieved he would for once forget that they were not Gentlemen and would attend to their Calls. The House was a perfect scene of confusion for half an hour, no one addressing the Chair, the Chairman crying out Order, Order, Order, hurly burly, helter skelter, negro states and yankies. the Matter is in statu quo, it is now early in the morning, when the House meets we may hear something interesting on the subject. I heard Mr. Randolph make a Phillipic last week in the Senate, yet says he Mr. R. with uplifted hands, I swear to my God and Country that I will war with this administration make up of the Union of Puritans and Blacklegs, speaking of the Panama Mission he says I will prove to every Man living as plain as three times three makes nine and not ten, that the Mission was a Kentucky Cuccoos Egg laid in South America. I send you some Speeches and documents consequently it is unnecessary to say any thing about what is going on in the H. Reps. I wish if in Conformity with [your] Opinion you would advise Houston to remain in Congress, he is here bolde and energetic, it is as much as his Friends can do to keep him from coming out as he says flat footed. S. P. Carson of North Carolina is the devoted Friend of our political Faith and is more than anxious to take a chance in the Lottery as he calls it of Vance and Trimble; should be glad to hear from you, say my warmest Salutations to Mrs. Jackson, for yourself accept the renewed Pledge of my highest Regard

                [J. H. M.]

[Bassett, Correspondence of Andrew Jackson (Washington, D. C., 1928), Vol. III (1820-1828), p. 299. The letter refers to George McDuffie of South Carolina, Joseph Vance of Ohio, David Trimble of Kentucky.]

Sam Houston to John Hartwell Marable
4 Dec 1828

4th Dec. 1828

My dear Marable,

On yesterday the electors met and voted - all right! On last night we had a grand "Illumination," and everything was as perty as "Cakes at Thanksgiving." Great times - the rain did not come on until 10 o’clock and then it rained in oceans. Dr. Tom T. is at Grand Papa’s and left all well at Escape. I can’t tell what will be done by our friend Tom, or whether he will make his Escape! At this time. I have as usual had "a small blow up." What the Dival is the matter with the Gals, I can’t say, but there has been Hell to pay and no pitch hot!

The Old Chief is very well and we have no candidate for Gov. but Houston and whether or not there will be one I do not know.

All matters are pretty smooth in the state now! I hear from your District and matters are as you would wish them. Watson told me you wouldn’t beat easy, and I think your enemies think so.

I can’t be with the Old Chief on the 4th of March next - but I will see him get a fair start and may go as far as Cincinnati with him. You must write to me often. Give my regards to Carson, our delegation and all friends whom you may choose. The Ladies - God bless them! - Give them my Love!

I wrote to Bell to aid my friend Barby (?) in obtaining a furlough and refer’d him for your cooperation which I trust you will afford. I mentioned the subject to you at the Old Chief’s. John Eaton will join you. Do interest yourself in his behalf. He is a fine fellow and has a dear family, all be helped by the favor and your friend will be delighted.

        May God bless you and it may be that
        I will splice myself with a Rib.

        Thine Ever,
        Sam Houston

[Courtesy of Mr. John Hartwell Marable of Old Hickory, Tennessee, a descendant of the Congressman.]

Modified last on January 15, 1997 by James L. Marable. Web