Death of General Jackson

June 20, 1845

“General Jackson expired at the Hermitage on Sunday, the 8th inst.  It is said he retained to the last his senses and intellect unclouded; and in the language of pious cant it is added, that ‘he expired with the utmost calmness, expressing the highest confidence in a happy immortality through a Redeemer’. He has been an awful curse and scourge to the country, and his death, therefore, will be any thing but a public calamity.  But, as bad as he was, there will be no lack of panegyrists to try make his career appear illustrious.  But in vain … in vain!”