Source: Andrew Jackson is Accused of Serious Crimes
October 18, 1828. We lay this far-famed handbill before our readers today. We have two reasons for doing so. Many of them have never yet seen it-this is one reason. The other is, that the Jacksonites call it an infamous bill, and pronounce all its statements false. It is neither infamous nor false. If there be any infamy connected with it, that infamy should attach to General Jackson-for, however black-however appalling this bill may appear, it presents but an inadequate representation of the still blacker and still more appalling acts of this violent and vindictive man. . .
No man living would be more rejoiced than we would, to be satisfied that the charges contained in this bill against Gen. Jackson were not well founded. At least one ground of our objection to him would then be removed. As an inducement for his friends to attempt their removal, we hereby offer $20 for such evidence as will satisfy the public that the six militia men were not shot by Gen. Jackson's order, after their time had expired, and contrary to law.
$20 for any evidence by which we can convince the public that the eight regulars were not unnecessarily shot, by order of Gen. Jackson, near Nashville.
$20 for any evidence by which we can convince the humane and the merciful that the gallant but unfortunate youth, John Woods, was not cruelly and unnecessarily put to death by order of General Jackson.
$20 for the pointing out of any mistake in Gen. Jackson's own account of the massacre of the sixteen Indians, and the murder of the Prophet and his countrymen.
$20 for any evidence that may enable us to convince the public that Gen. Jackson did not run his cane sword through Samuel Jackson.
$20 for any testimony showing that General Jackson and his bullies did not make the attack on Col. Benton and his Brother, an account of which the Colonel gives in his letter. And
$20 for such facts as will satisfy the public that the Jackson party have not been misrepresenting those bills with a view of deceiving the people as to the real character and temper of their Farmer Hero.
If our offer be not taken, the correctness of the charges must be considered as admitted by the Heroe's friends. And if all these charges be true if all these black and horrid deeds have been done or sanctioned by Gen. Jackson, where the impropriety?-where the infamy?-where the falsehood of the bill? There is neither impropriety -infamy-nor falsehood, in the business. But, on the contrary, there is a virtue in proclaiming the deep-dark-cold-chilling-damning facts, that this bill sets forth against this aspirant for a situation, for which every consideration of prudence, of justice and of patriotism, proclaims him unfit and undeserving. And, "if it should be the last act of our life", and subject us to the penalties of the 11 second section," if possessed of the means, we would spread this black bill-this true picture of wrong-oppression-and tyranny-through every district-city-town-village and neighborhood, that no living soul in the land, entitled to the right of suffrage, should be ignorant of its contents, when he deposits his vote in the ballot box at the next election.