Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER VI.
THE POLITICAL MACHINE.

THE TENTH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN--ELECTION OF GENERAL JACKSON
--DEATH OF MRS. ANDREW JACKSON--THE INAUGURATION OF "OLD
HICKORY"--RECEPTION AT THE WHITE HOUSE--AN EDITORIAL PHA-
LANX--THE CIVIL SERVICE--DISCIPLINING A POSTMASTER-GENERAL--
A FORTUNATE MAIL CONTRACTOR--THE SUNDAY MAIL CRUSADE.

AS the time for another Presidential election approached, the friends of General Jackson commenced active operations in his behalf. The prime mover in the campaign was General John Henry Eaton, then a Senator from Tennessee. He had published in 1818 a brief life of the hero of New Orleans, which he enlarged in 1824 and published with the title, "The Life of Andrew Jackson, Major-General in the Service of the United States, comprising a History of the War in the South from the Commencement of the Creek Campaign to the Termination of Hostilities Before New Orleans." The facts in it were obtained from General Jackson and his wife, but every incident of his life calculated to injure him in the public estimation was carefully suppressed. It was, however, the recognized text-book for Democratic editors and stump speakers, and although entirely unreliable, it has formed the basis for the lives of General Jackson since published.

President Adams enjoined neutrality upon his friends,

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