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Title:[Letter] 1820 Aug. 16 Knoxville, [to] J [ohn] C. Calhoun / Gideon Morgan : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Morgan, Gideon
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Date: August 16, 1820
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter to John C. Calhoun, former Secretary of War , from Gideon Morgan, dated August 16, 1820. In the letter, Morgan states that the land he purchased from the Cherokee agency was divided and sold to others while he was away in Knoxville conducting business. He states that the Cherokee Nation is indebted to him for $815.00, the money he paid for the land.
Collection:Hu Brown
Box:MS-242
Folder:n/a
Document:sc081
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Knoxville August 16th 1820
Sir

Believing myself entitled to a Life estate reservation, under Jacksons Treaty, and confermed [confirmed] by that, concluded by yourself at Washington City . I applied at the Cherokee agency, on the 21st July 1819; and [and] obtained a Certificate, for one, Situated at or near the mouth of Citico Creek; to which place I immediately removed — feeling myself perfectly safe in the possession of it, I have laid out considerable terms of money in improvements &C [et cetera].

Robert Houston Esq. [Esquire] has no doubts relative to the Justness of my claim to a Section of Land; but hesitates to Survey it; in as much as I did not, at the time I selected the Land, live uppon [upon] the Spot; which the Treaty makes necessary; but this business once explained & I have no doubt but [added: that] the




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Survey will be ordered to be made

Some years previous to Jacksons Treaty, I built three Houses and established a mercantile business, at the Cherokee agency, where I continued to live until I was called to Knoxville to settle up an extensive mercantile business, which (with others) I had been ingaged [engaged] in at this place for many years — I never had any other improvement in any part of the Cherokee nation nor did I ever Live out of the ceded teretory [territory], Since my marriage; except the time taken up in setting the business alluded to at this place — This improvement at the agency was given to Lewis Ross in fee simple; and if intitled [entitled] to one I was under the necessity of fixing it in some other Quarter. Citico was selected as being unincumbered with any other claim and Colo. [Colonel] Meigs cheerfully granted the certificate

To become the trumpeter of my own fame or to ask for indulgences to which I was not intitled [entitled] would to me be extremely disagreeable to the Latter I cannot decend [descend] and it is with




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reluctancy that I have to state that I felt an anxious solicitude to have Jacksons treaty brought to a final adjustment, which I then thought & still think, the Cherokees never would have consented to owing to the prejudices and probably unfounded ones, which they had imbibed, Highly prejudicial to his excellency — to obtain a reputation in whoom [whom] I could confide [unclear: required ] a considerable position of time money & personal exertion; and at this moment the Cherokee Nation Stands indebted to me 815 dollars for money advanced them for their outfitt [outfit]

The inclosed [enclosed] Letters from the Honl. [Honorable] John Williams & Wm. [William]G. Blount Esqr [Esquire] Late a representative in Congress will show you the estimation [added: in which] they held my personal exertions in bringing the Treaty to a close.

With High Respt. [Respect] I amYour Obt Hum Servt [Obedient Humble Servant]
Gideon Morgan [unclear]
the Hon J. [John] C Calhoun Secy. [Secretary] War



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Honl. [Honorable] J. [John] C Calhoun Secy [Secretary] War Washington City
[added: Knoxville Aug [August] 16 1820
Gideon Morgan
In relation to his
reservations fee]



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