“Listening to them, it seemed as if a veil was lifted and I saw myself . . . as others see me, a poor old woman, suited for fashionable gaieties, a hindrance instead of helpmeet to the man I adore,” Rachel is reported to have told her niece after overhearing women talk about her."
Rachel Jackson would pass away just a few months before her husband was inaugurated. The new President believed the political attacks during the campaign had undermined Rachel's health.
“My heart is nearly broken,” he wrote a friend. “I try to summon up my usual fortitude but it is in vain.”
Jackson once fought a duel to protect Rachel's honor! I'll include a link to my story on that in the comments, for anyone who missed it the first time. :)