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Title:[Letter] 1842 Jun. 27, Gallatin, Tennessee [to] James Jones, Nashville, Tennessee / Thomas Barry : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Barry, Thomas

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Date: June 27, 1842
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated June 27, 1842 from Thomas Barry near Gallatin, Tennessee to his state governor James C. Jones in Nashville. In the letter, Barry resigns his seat in the state legislature as a representative of Sumner County. He tells the governor that he feels it is his duty, as well as that of his colleagues to resign in order to bring the matter of state districting to a conclusion. In the second page, labeled "private," he discusses proposing a law to compel banks to receive their own notes for their debts.
Collection:Governor James Jones Papers
Document: sl621

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Near Gallatin
June 27th 1842 Dear Sir,

I am entirely satisfied from [added: what] I have seen and know that the present Legislature never can agree upon the questions of districting the State and of electing US senators under such a state of things I think it is the duty of every Representative and Senator to resign so that the people may have an opportunity of settling those questions, and For it is all important to their welfare that the State should be represented in Congress. It seems to me that every member of the present Legislature who [added: had] rather serve his country than hold office is under such a state of things [added: bound] to resign I should doubt the Patriotism of any man who would cling and hold on to office when he knows by pursueing [pursuing] that course the very best interest of those who gave him his office must suffer you [added: will] please therefore accept of this as my resignation of the seat I hold in the present General Assembly of the State of Tennessee

[added: To his Excellency James C. Jones Governor of the State of Tennessee Yours Respectfully]
Thomas Barry

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[added: Private

The propriety of passing a law to compel the Banks to receive their own notes for their debts has been suggested to me by a Louisianian who says that in that state the Banks refused to receive their [added: own notes] which caused them to be almost worthless They then bought up their own notes for little or nothing greatly to the injury of their note holders to prevent the same thing here I respectfully suggest the importance of calling the attention of the leg [legislature]. to the subject. Yours T.B.


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To His Excellency Jas [James] C JonesNashville
Resignation of Thomas Barry Representative from Sumner County Writ of Election [unclear: freed ] 27th July 42 [1842]]

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