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Title:[Letter] 1840 Dec. 16, Nashville [Tennessee] [to] A. Fergusson, Carthage, Tenn[essee] / Geo. Harris : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Harris, George

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Date: December 16, 1840
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter from George Harris to Adam Fergusson, dated December 16, 1840. Harris thanks Fergusson for extending the circulation of the newspaper The Union. Harris plans to use the paper to promote Republican doctrine. He mentions some political opinions.
Collection:Fergusson Papers
Box: IV-G-2 b4

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Nashville Dec [December] 16. 1840
Dear Sir

Your letter of the 14th is at hand, [unclear: per politeness ] of Mr. Stephens I thank you for the interest you express in extending the circulation of the Union. I can only say that so long as I can [unclear: wag ] my pen I shall be untiring in my efforts to give forth true information and sound republican doctrine through the columns of my paper__striving to advise the people of the course and conduct of [added: the] associated factions that have by pipelaying and money succeeded in a temperary [temporary] overthrow of the old Republican party. They must and will quarrel among themselves__ and expire from spontaneous conbustion [combustion] as did old Mrs. [unclear: Frithful ] Already Clay & Webster are falling out. Meantime let us take advantage of their difficulties and organise [organize] thoroughly for action next August. Let every precinct be organised, so that the committees of [gap] may cause documents and papers to be [gap] people's houses, and Know exactly how many [gap] can be cast on the day of election. If we [gap] re-elect Gov. [Govenor] Polk __ if we do not work thro[gap] we may be defeated. We are organised in [gap] in Maury ; and the good

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work seems to be going on throughout the state. I will make the Union useful in the state __ and if my freinds [friends] will only take the interest that you kindly manifest, in circulating it — its effect must be seen and felt.

I intend to publish a prospectus in a day or two. But there is no necessity for one. Any subscribers that you or your freinds may obtain can be sent in a letter through the P. O. [Post Office] The [unclear: rules ] of the P. O. Dept [Department] allow Post Masters to send money &c [and etcetera] in letters to editors for papers, free of postage when the letters are written by the P. M. [Post Master] himself — so no expense need be encurred [incurred] by [unclear: transmission ]

I shall be ready to make and reasonable allowance in the way of commissions for subscribers obtained.

I am sir very respectfully
Yr obt servt [Your Obedient Servant]
Geo Harris
[added: for/ A [Adam] Fergusson ]

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A. Fergusson Esq [Esquire] Carthage Tenn [Tennessee]
[added: Favored by
Mr. Stephens }]

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