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Quotation by Andrew Jackson
Attorney General Benjamin Butler to his wife Harriet, June 29, 1836 challenging Waightstill Avery to a duel, August 12, 1788, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908) Correspondence, challenging Governor John Sevier to a duel, October 2, 1803 Correspondence, endorsing a letter from Reverend A.D. Campbell, March 15, 1837
I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King—my republican feelings and principles forbid it—the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.
Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, March 27, 1845, to Jesse Duncan Elliott, VI, 391.
Jackson had been offered a sarcophagus from Palestine believed to have been made for the Roman Emperor Severus.
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