Stolen Andrew Jackson letter recovered

April 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM

ALBANY, N.Y., April 27 (UPI) -- A letter written by U.S. President Andrew Jackson in 1824 has been recovered in New York after being stolen from a state site, officials said.

The New York Post reported Monday that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recovered the historical letter written by Jackson on March 24, 1824, and later stolen from the New York Public Library.

The stolen letter was found up for sale on the online auction site, Profiles in History, by University of Tennessee historian Timothy Coens in March.

After Coens informed authorities, Cuomo's investigators were able to safely return the item to New York's collection.

The recovered letter was written by Jackson to his supporter, Samuel Swartwout. Investigators have tied the document's theft to a probe into convicted record raider Daniel Lorello.

Cuomo said items connected to Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, are valuable parts of New York's historical collection.

"New York is privileged to house one of the world's great archives of historic documents," the state official said, adding Jackson's "writings are precious artifacts that must be preserved for future generations."

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