our fathers periled their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor and bring reproach upon our memory when we are numbered with the dead." 12
In 1840, when in ill health Judge White resigned his Senate seat, he became a supporter of the man Jackson hated most, Henry Clay. White died that year on his way home from Washington to Knoxville, undoubtedly convinced that the great struggle to keep the republic pure, was about to be fought again. The sins that were the result of human corruption had been repeated, this time by his friends and comrades-in- arms and he stood now with new allies once again to seek to wash them away. At least for Hugh Lawson White, the Whig Party's raison d'etre was neither to produce a change in economic policy nor a transfer of power from one set of hands to another for the sake of power. It was about reform--about purification, about honor, about principles held by both the Founding Fathers and his own father. In all of this Jackson and White held the same beliefs and took the same positions on key issues but White's rejection of Jackson as a sincere believer in republican principles is what divided them. While they shared a political culture their bond of trust was to be broken. To Andrew Jackson, Hugh Lawson White, for whatever reasons, had succumbed to the Federalists. He had become a new Tory, not a new Whig. He was an apostate!