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Andrew Jackson Medicine Receipt

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3415

This receipt lists the medicines that General Andrew Jackson purchased from Dr. M. Allen for his slaves and their children. Jackson has penned Marathon across the top, indicating that he was in Marathon, Alabama at the time. The medicines listed are Feb. gutta (a fever drop), Tinct Muria Ferri (a cure for erysipelas), Pulv. Rhei (a laxative), and Cort. Peruv. (Peruvian bark used to cure childbed fever). The receipt is signed as paid in full by Wm. W. Crawford, who handled many of Jackson's plantation accounts.

Dates

  • 1818 November 17-December 7

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This receipt lists the medicines that General Andrew Jackson purchased from Dr. M. Allen for his slaves and their children. Jackson has penned Marathon across the top, indicating that he was in Marathon, Alabama at the time. The medicines listed are Feb. gutta (a fever drop), Tinct Muria Ferri (a cure for erysipelas), Pulv. Rhei (a laxative), and Cort. Peruv. (Peruvian bark used to cure childbed fever). The receipt is signed as paid in full by Wm. W. Crawford, who handled many of Jackson's plantation accounts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh President of the United States, serving from 1829 to 1837. Born in 1767 in the frontier settlement of the Waxhaws in South Carolina, Jackson moved to Salisbury, NC in 1784 and received his license to practice law in 1787, beginning his practice in North Carolina's Western District in Washington County (now a part of Tennessee). In October 1788, he moved to Nashville, where he met his wife Rachel. After serving as the major general of the Tennessee militia for twenty years and earning recognition as a military leader in the War of 1812, Jackson was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1823 and to the presidency in 1828. After serving two terms as president, Jackson returned to the Hermitage, his Nashville home, in early 1837. Eight years later, in 1845, Jackson died at his home at the age of 78.

Marathon, Alabama was a city that Jackson and John Coffee, his nephew and business partner, attempted to set up west of Melton's Bluff on a square mile of plantation land that Jackson purchased from John Melton's son after Melton's death in 1816. Coffee was the head government surveyor of the Alabama land cessions, a position he was appointed to thanks to Jackson's influence in Washington. Coffee surveyed the town and divided it into blocks and lots, but there is no evidence that any buildings were constructed, as Marathon soon ceased to exist.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this receipt in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480