Quotation by Andrew Jackson

If they [Mexicans] touch the hair of the head of one of our citizens, tell him [Commodore Dallas] to batter down and destroy their town and exterminate the inhabitants from the face of the earth!
Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), U.S. president. Attorney General Benjamin Butler to his wife Harriet, June 29, 1836.

Related by Attorney General Benjamin Butler to his wife when Jackson heard that Mexican authorities had inflicted "indignities" on the American consul and residents of Tampico.
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