The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 103
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Reviews and Notices
hundred and fifty pages-for the important work of his two ad-
ministrations and the interesting years from 1837 to 1845. Of
these one is devoted to the inauguration and the choice of the
first cabinet, one to an excellent discussion of the spoils system,
one--somewhat unnecessarily, it seems,-to Jackson's champion-
ship of Mrs. Eaton, one each to his policy toward internal im-
provements, his quarrel with Calhoun, the reorganization of the
cabinet in 1831, and to his attitude toward nullification, three to
the war on the United States Bank, one to foreign policy, one to
minor problems of the administration-the Cherokees in Georgia,
the distribution of the surplus, and the specie circular-and one
each to "Personal Characteristics" and "Closing Years." Not-
withstanding the fact that to the earlier years belong the Creek
War, the battle of New Orleans, the Seminole War, and the gov-
ernorship of Florida, it is questionable whether a truer propor-
tion would not have given less space to the period before Jackson
became the exponent, and to some extent the creator, of a great
national party. And, considering the importance of our foreign
relations under Jackson and the still too common misapprehen-
sion of his policy toward Mexico and Texas, more attention might
profitably have been devoted to this phase of the subject. In re-
gard to the charge that Jackson aided the revolutionists in Texas,
Professor Bassett thinks that the evidence shows "pretty clearly
that he proposed to preserve neutrality, at least outwardly, which,
in view of American feeling, was about all that could be expected."
And he thinks that Jackson was really lukewarm on the subject of
Texan recognition during the winter of 1836-1837, though his at-
titude in this particular may have been influenced in some degree
by his desire to avoid embarrassing Van Buren, many of whose
partisans were opposed to recognition.
Professor Bassett offers on page 249 a plausible solution for
the puzzle of the Rhea letter, in which, as Jackson always con-
tended, Monroe authorized the invasion of Florida in 1818. It
saves the veracity of both Jackson and Monroe, and is perhaps
as near the truth as we are likely to come. He mildly defends
Jackson's execution of Arbuthnot and Ambrister (pages 254-260).
And he shows (pages 369-371) that Jackson had reasonable
ground for suspecting that there was an understanding between
Adams and Clay in 1825 when the former through the help of
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