[Letter] 1838 Sep. 2, Batchelors [Bachelors] Hall Tenn[essee] [to] Mr. James L. Alexander / N. B. Hamilton : a machine readable transcription of an image
Hamilton, N. B.
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September 2, 1838
This document is a letter written by N. B. Hamilton to his cousin, James L. Alexander, on September 2, 1838. In the letter, Hamilton tells Alexander about a dinner he went to in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where James K. Polk was giving a speech. He says that there were many Whigs at the dinner. His overall impression of Polk was lessened when he heard the speech and saw his actions with the Whigs at the dinner. Hamilton states that there are country lawyers that give better speeches than Polk.
Batchelors [Bachelors] Hall Tenn [Tennessee] Sept [September] 2nd 1838Dear Cousin
I once more trespass upon the rights of silence. I hope you dont [do not] think it amiss to wright [write] me a letter without first receiving one from me. I assure you it would not be atall [at all] wrong or out of the way you would not trep trespass upon my private rights in the past neither would you throw a burden upon my head and han wich [hand which] I would feel atall [at all] loath to answer. You all certainly must be a sort of say nothing set or I surely would hear from you —
Mr Col [Colonel] James K. Poke [Polk] Esqr [Esquire] — had a large dinner given to him in Murfreesboro on Wednesday last. great many attended, say between one thousand & fifteen hundred — pretty respectable croud [crowd]. but the devel [devil] of it is, about half were Whigs, he made a long and not very able speach [speech], and after dinner he got up in the open face of arthority [authority] and publically [publicly] — pronounced himself a candidate for goven Governor — Col. [Colonel] James K. Poke [Polk] is not the man I thought him, from the account I have had of him. I expected to see some body more than common and I expected
to hear something great, but I was deceived in boath [both], he is just about such a looking man as old Uncle Jerry Stublefield . and amost [almost] any common country lawyer can make as good a speach [speech] — camp meeting commences at little campground next weeak [week]. I expect to attend if my bodily sistom [system], digestion and — secretion is not two [too] much out of order. I expect to be at a wedding on the fifth of this month as Maj. [Major] Baurman is to be a waiter. I think my chance tolerable good — Nothing at present my love to the Dr. [Doctor] & Cousin Mary — Give my love to Mother — Pat & Jon and accept the best wishes of a friend and relation —