Delhi, New York: 1828. 1 sheet. Folio. 8 x 13 inches. Very good, folded, contents lightly browned, with tiny tears at the folds. Item #43840
Amasa Junius Parker (1807-1890), a newly minted lawyer at age 21, writes to his old school chum, Josiah W. Fairfield (of Columbia County), about a wedding he missed, dances and cotillions, visits, but most interestingly about the upcoming Jackson-Adams contest for the presidency. "Delaware [county] affords me but little news to communicate to you, who are unacquainted with our county and its inhabitants, two excepted. There is a pretty warm political contest here, though the odds are greatly against the coalition. This county will probably give a Jackson elector 1300 majority - perhaps more. I am happy to see by the Hudson paper that you are stirring in Columbia and that your own name appears frequently among the active Jacksonians: "keep moving". If you can send a Jackson elector, I will promise to burn one tar barrel on the funeral pile of aristocracy. The violence with which your leading Jackson men have been attacked by the Adams organ of your city I consider a fine specimen of the profligacy of the administration prints. "The letter is signed from Delhi, NY, September 21, 1828. Parker would go on to become a member of the NY State Assembly for Delaware County, then a Democratic representative to Congress from 1837-1839, then a justice of the NY Supreme Court. He was one of the founders of the Albany Law School (1851).