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Title:[Letter] 1823 Apr. 13, Nashville, T[ennessee, to] James Winchester, Cairo, T[ennessee] / John W. Overton : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Overton, John W.

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Date: April 13, 1823
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from Judge John W. Overton to General James Winchester, dated April 13, 1823. Overton writes regarding Memphis, which he, Winchester, and General Andrew Jackson founded. Overton is writing about the proposition before the Legislature to move the court from Memphis. Overton is afraid that the move will ruin Memphis as a successful city. He also asks Winchester to help him with a lawsuit he is trying.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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Nashville Apl [April] 13th 1823
Dear Sir

on wednesday morning early I start by the steam boat Nashville to Memphis __ AsI intimated in my last events are developing themselves [unclear: Therein ] clearly that all our property are lost, unless something is done; and nothing will do unless I go myself Every effort is making to take the court from that place, and fix it elsewhere. Believing as I do that every thing as to the growth of the place depends on keeping the court I shall use every reasonable means to preserve it. Should Memphis be put back in that way, it may never survive so fatal a blow_ in all human probability it never would as some other place, would take the lead, and keep it. Witness Nashville

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and every other town; in whose neighbourhood [neighborhood] as good cites may be found__ It best [unclear: illy ] suits me to go__ as I am in bad health__ Unless I go now, I cannot before next Session of the Legislature. where all would be lost; and all the plans I have hitherto adopted by attending the Legislature, be defeated

Tell Mr Roberts , he had better get the suit with Ring respecting the land, depending at Lebanon _ continued

yr [your] friend
J [John] W Overton
Genl [General] Jas [James] Winchester

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[added: You can see that it will be impossible for me to be at Lebanon on monday two weeks 28th this month, to try the Suit between Seary heir & Eaton . I beg Genl, that you will go over to Lebanon on Sunday 27th so as to be on the ground on monday when it is called and you or Col [Colonel] Smith from Jackson or Maj [Major] Walker from Wilson as Eatons agent must make affidavit for the continuance. I have had a complaint in my stomach for this, is the 3d Spring & the Doctors advise me to travel for 3 or four weeks__ It never has been counted on affidavit. and the ct [court] cannot refuse I think, on account of my indisposition & no other person understanding the case_ Speak to Lawyer Anderson who will act for me in getting it continued_ I have also written to [unclear: Walker ] JO [John Overton]]

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[added: Judge John Overton
13th April 1823
concerning suit
between the heirs
of Searey & Eaton] [added: answerd
20th apl /1823]

Genl James Winchester near Cairo T [Tennessee]
[added: Judge]

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