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August 23, 1828

SIGNS OF THE TIMES, Albany, August 23, 1828 Even though the next election is still months away, there already have been various personal attacks launched against both the Republican and Democrat candidates for President. On page 3 of this issue is a report from the New York Enquirer about the Licentiousness of the Press which offers a taste of the personal attacks levied against Andrew Jackson. The report begins: "It will not, we believe, be contradicted, that the Adams presses generally professing to belong to the old federal party, and of course, to good society have, in the present contest, lost sight of every decent regard for public reputation and private feelings. The man, who, as Mr. Jefferson said, has filled the measure of his countrys glory, has been the object of their unceasing and most slanderous attacks. He who achieved the greatest victory in modern times, and shed a lustre on the arms of his country has been called a murderer, a swindler, an adulterer and a traitor, because the people have selected him as their Candidate for President." The report continues with: "Not content with such vile falsehoods, their despair has driven them to greater extremities. In Charles Hammonds paper, a bosom friend of Clay, we find the following horrid and gross attack: General Jacksons mother was a COMMON PROSTITUTE, brought to this country by the British soldiers! She afterwards married a MULATTO MAN, with whom she had several children, of which number General JACKSON IS ONE!!!" The report closes with an interesting historical observation but in doing so it seems to make an attack upon the Adams as well as revealing its support of Jackson: "Is this enough to damn any cause? Has any Jackson Press ever degraded itself to such a level? But it is in character with the dynasty. In 1800, John Adams denounced the illustrious Jefferson as a miserable debauchee--a cheat--a blackguard--a political renegado--a pensioner of the French Government, and a notorious paramour of his servant black Sall. The language held towards Gen. Jackson by the younger Adams, corresponds with the attacks on Jefferson under the elder. The triumph of the people will be the same in both cases. So let it be." This historical perspective gives evidence to mudslinging being nothing new in politics.This issue has a tiny hole at the fold juncture, an area of lite foxing, some occasional foxing as well, otherwise in very good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War