National Intelligencer. Washington, DC: Gales & Seaton, March 5, 1838. Vol. XXXIV, No. 4878. 4pp, 18 x 20 in. This issue contains an inside page first complete printing of the inaugural speech given by President Andrew Jackson at his second inauguration, held on March 4, 1833. Jackson was sworn in by Chief Justice John Marshall, marking the last of nine inaugurations (Adams through Jackson) over which Marshall presided. Jackson's second inauguration was notably the first time two separate Inaugural Balls were held, one at Carusi's, and the second at the Central Masonic Hall. After challenging the South Carolina legislature, led by John C. Calhoun, regarding the enforcement of federal tariff laws during his first term, Jackson used his second inaugural speech to reaffirm the importance of the American union, without which, he said, “our independence and liberty would never have been achieved.” He elaborates, stating, "The loss of liberty, of all good government, of peace, plenty, and happiness, must inevitably follow a dissolution of the Union."
Also with notices of reward for a runaway slave and a criminal on the lam. Jefferson West, accused of "willfully and maliciously" shooting another man with a rifle, is described as "spare made, very straight in his person, has a rather sickly or pale appearance, large blue eyes with considerable white, and is what might be called blear-eyed; his upper fore teeth somewhat decayed." $25 is offered to anyone able to "stop the villain, that he may be brought to trial and punishment for the atrocious deed."
Overall brittleness with wear and small tears to edges. Paper has separated vertically in two at center crease.
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