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[added: To Major Andrew J. Donelson from John D. Martin ] Phila [Philadelphia] Oct [October] 26th, 1851My Dear Sir
I recd [received] your Kind letter of 8th ult. [ultimo] I recd a letter from Cousin Jackson a few days since, he was well and in fine spirits, Also a letter from Brother James who was on the eve of starting for Florida where he intends settling he is to [added: be] married on the 20th next month all were well in Tennessee . I am glad to see every thing is going on just as you desire. every thing that has transpired in the political word gives assurances of success to you. I finally got my trunk it was sent to Baltimore . Mr [unclear: Buckhann ] arrived in Phila on yesterday. I will see him this evening in order to gratify my curiosity. I am in need of a hundred and fifty dollars. in order to get my books [unclear: recd ] which you will confer a great favour [favor] by letting me have. I can repay you next spring. as to the [unclear: Miss. ? ] I have been sufficiently paid for that already. I am getting on admirably with my studies, and with your assistance in the offset. can make a man of myself. and you have done more to fix the determination to be a clever man. than any thing in world. My best respects to Genl [General] Armstrong and Mr Benson . (is the Genl in Washington ) I hope you will answer soon.
John D Martin