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me to follow the footsteps of her brother and become an Episcopal minister, and I wanted to be a college professor and write books. My father's views, of course, prevailed, and I became a lawyer.

Being the first born of a desire to write books that I hoped might be found worthy of being read, this work is, like the first born always is in the family circle, greatly cherished, and whatever its demerits may be, and I am afraid they are many, I present it especially to students and also to the general reading public, and will hail the verdict with great joy should it be found to throw some little light that is new upon the Jackson period, one of the greatest in American history.

Knoxville, Tenn., October 15, 1921.






W. G. Brownlow, when a Methodist Minister, was a Delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church which met in Philadelphia in May, 1832, when Jackson was President and, en route, stopped over in Washington, and, with other Ministers, called on the President. This is his account of the call:

"On my way to Philadelphia, I spent a week in the city of Washington, in visiting the different parts of the city, and in listening to the debates in Congress. While in Washington, in company with some ten or a dozen clergymen, I visited the President's house, also, and was honored by an introduction to Gen. Jackson. He had just recovered from a slight state of indisposition. He sat with Mr. Livingston, the then secretary of state, examining some papers, when we entered, and though paler than usual, I was struck with the fidelity of the common portraits I have seen of him. Alexander's, I think, however, is the best by far, and his reflection in the mirror is not more like him. He rose with a dignified courtsy to receive us, and conversed freely and agreeably; till, unfortunately he bounced on the missionaries, who had crossed his views, and feelings, in opposing the measures of Georgia and the general government. His whole appearance is imposing and in the highest degree gentlemanly and prepossessing. He is a very fine looking old man, though I left him with an unfavorable opinion of him. And though I dislike and disapprove of his administration, yet, I am free to confess, that if his face is an index of his character, he is an upright, fearless man. But I have long since learned that it will not do to take men by their looks."

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