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Title:[Letter] 1834 Oct. 7 [to] Andrew J. Donelson, Washington City / James S. Mayfield : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Mayfield, James S.

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Date: October 7, 1834
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter from James S. Mayfield to Andrew J Donelson, dated October 7, 1834. Mayfield writes about Major Harney, who is awaiting trial in jail because he could not get bail. Mayfield writes that Harney's Washington responsibilities are being handled.
Collection:A. J. Donelson Papers
Box: I-D-3

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St Louis 7th Oct. [October] 1834To Andrew J. Donelson Esq [Esquire] Washington City
D [Dear] Sir

Though personally am acquainted with you still the interests and situation of a mutual friend Maj [Major] W. S. Harney will be my apology (if any is due) for these few lines.

Some ten days since he returned to this place, with the hopes of getting bail and meeting his trial, but our judges decided under our constitution they could not bail, though the allegations in the indictment do not constitute murder- He is therefore compelled to undergo imprisonment for a week — which is the most disagreeable circumstance in the matter

His suffering is attributable to the state of political parties at this place, and to the circumstances attending the burning [of of] the Presidents picture. men who were connected in the affair now seek to make their revenge upon a man seemingly in their power. His trial will take place in a few weeks when I confidently anticipate he will be relieved of all embarrassment.

In consequence of his situation his affairs, at Washington, may have been neglected, but they are now in a state

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of forwardness for early and complete settlement. He will (he informed me) write to you in few days to explain his recommendation of Maj [unclear: Bean ] having subsequently learned is not the man in politics he was represented — B is an applicant for an Indian agency

Enclosed is a letter, for the president, which you will be so good as to hand him

Yours respectfully
James S. Mayfield

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Andrew J. Donelson Esq.Washington{City
[added: W Mayfield —
for Maj Harney —
recd [received] 27d Nov [November] 1834][added: date should be
Nov. 8th JSM [James S Mayfield]] [added: burning of the Presidents picture]

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