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'D' sends Finley a copy of the speech about President Andrew Jackson making the rounds among politicians.

Gentleman, Jacksonians, & Fellers of this Conflictious Community --

Your honors sets high, on the Seat of Justice, like the American Eagle, perched on the Asiatic rocks of Gibralter, while the Streams of Justice, like the cadackric clods of the valley, roll meandering past your democratic feet. Therefore I call upon you to exaggerate yourselves, exaggerate yourselves I say; and support the insufficiency of the oracle of Jackson.


While Buonaparte are marching his army from Elbe to Paris, and from Paris to Elbe, I stand here before you as a notorious advocate of this Jacksonian administration. The cattle may feed upon the mountains below, and the sheep may graze upon the valleys above, but General Andrew Jackson are no more guilty of vetoing the exonorous excommunicatiosness, of the veloniousness of the United States Bank, than a toad, are got a tail. No siree! It was the circumlocution of the Henry Clay party. And when General Jackson had spificated the confidence of Congress, he rose high in his Supercilious Majesty, and crushed the growing powers of these illusible States.

Gentlemen, I consider this adequate to the circumference of Jacksonism. And I now previse you to exaggerate yourselves. I sit down with pathos.

The speech as given above is said to have been spoken by a learned sucker in 1834.

For J.B.F., by his friend D.

Note on back: Speech delivered by S. Davis, a boy"

Note: Several Ohio & Indiana newspapers printed versions of this speech purportedly given by candidates for office in Ohio. From the Bloomington Post (Indiana) December 29, 1837:

We copy from the Zanesville Gazette an abstract from a speech of a candidate for office in Muskingum county, Ohio, spoken from the stump in eighteen hundred and thirty-four.

"Gentlemen Jacksonians, and fellow-citizens of this conflictious community, in this land of concuessence and supernatiousness, Jacksonians, I say, exaggerate yourselves, I say, and support the insufficiousness of the oracle of Jackson.

"Friends! the cause of the veto on the exonorous comsumaciousness of the veloniousness of the United States Bank, was the furlicution of the Clay party; and when Jackson had spyficated the confidence of the present Congress, he rose in his superfillious majesty and crushed the growing powers of the people of these illusible States.

"This, gentlemen Jacksonians, was adequate to the circumference of Jacksonism, and now I previse you to exaggerate yourselves."

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Politics; U.S. History; Ohio History; Andrew Jackson; Humor; Speech

Letter from 'D' to James B. Finley