Stolen letter from Andrew Jackson found online

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A University of Tennessee research assistant's online diligence has resulted in a second stolen letter from Andrew Jackson being returned to its rightful owner.

In the latter case, Assistant Professor Tom Coens spotted a letter written by Jackson in 1824 before he became president. The letter was to friend and campaign supporter Maj. Samuel Swartwout, declining a campaign appearance.

Coens told The Knoxville News Sentinel he had seen the letter on microfilms he borrowed from the New York State Library.

He found it in March on an Internet auction site, with an asking price of $35,000.

New York state officials recovered it.

Three years ago, Coens reported an 1814 letter from Jackson he found on the Internet and it, too, was recovered.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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