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Samuel J. Hays Letter, 1842 November 16

 File — Box: 4257.015, Folder: 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Samuel J. Hays of Jackson, Tennessee, to Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage, Tennessee, announcing Hays' acceptance of Christianity, thanks to the ministry of the Reverend Daniel Baker, a prominent early nineteenth century revivalist who, earlier, was pastor of the Second Church in Washington, DC, where Andrew Jackson attended church while President. Hays was the son of Colonel Robert Hays and Jane Donelson Hays, sister of Rachel Donelson Jackson, and he called Andrew Jackson "uncle." The letter also has Jackson's annotation on the obverse, "the within gives the joyfull [sic] news that Genl S. J. Hays has joined the church." Several Jackson signatures, as if he was doodling, follow the annotation.


  • 1842 November 16

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From the Collection: 15.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Formerly MSS.1713 Samuel J. Hays Letter

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266