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Title:[Letter] 1847 Nov. 6, Nashville, Tennessee [to] N[eil] S. Brown / E. W. M. King : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: King, E. W. M.

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Date: November 6, 1847
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter to Governor Neil S. Brown from E. W. M. King, dated November 6, 1847. King is writing on behalf of an inmate named McCoy, who he believes should be pardoned. King also relays the details of the case.
Collection:Governor Neil S. Brown Papers
Document: sl679

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Nashville6 Nov [November] 1847
His ExcellencyN. [Neil] S. Brown

I take pleasure in stating to you in writing the substance of what I said to you in person before the pardon of McCoy was obtained for he was charged with negro stealing; and tryed and convicted before me_ the slave had before the theft been hired to some one in Memphis his master resided five for six miles from Town McCoy had several times been at the shop where the slave was at work, where some conversation passed between them in regard to the slaves emancipation, the precise [unclear: purport ] of which I cannot now detail__ the third or fourth day after the last meeting between McCoy & the slave as seen at the shop McCoy hired a horse & buggy and drove out some five miles, not so far as White s the owner of the slave_ upon his return three or three & half miles from Memphis the negro; hailed the prisoner_ who drew up his horse the conversation which passed there was not heard by witnesses who were lying in ambush to watching his movements_ as soon as the slave arrived at the buggy he [unclear: mounted ] into it_ when McCoy drove off at a fast speed_ these were the material facts proved on trial. Altho [Although] I refused a new trial, my mind was not however fare [far] from doubt, as to his possible innocence; If there had been proof of his good character I would have given him a new trial_ he has now been in prison for nearly three years, and upon the whole, if he has proven a good moral character I am of the opinion he ought to be pardoned

[unclear: your friend ]
E. W. M. King

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His Excellency N.S. BrownGov [Governor] of Tennessee

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