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Title:[Letter] 1828 Jun. 1 [to] Sam Houston, Nashville, Tennessee / L.T. Greenfield : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Greenfield, L.T.

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Date: June 1, 1828
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a brief letter dated June 1, 1828, from L.T. Greenfield to the governor of Tennessee, Sam Houston. The subject of the letter is a slave, owned by Greenfield, who had recently been convicted of breaking into a store near Williamsburg, Virginia, and sentenced to be hung. Greenfield believes that much of the testimony against his slave in the trial was coerced, and asks Houston if he may send his slave out of state.
Collection:Governor Sam Houston Papers
Document: sl691

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Dear General,June 1st 1828

I have just bu been informed that one of my negroes has been convicted of breaking open a store near Williamsburg and sentenced to be hung.__ You will excuse the liberty, I have taken, as well as this scrawl__ my health has been very bad, ever since I had the pleasure of seeing you at Washington which has prevented me from returning home, I am still under medical advice. I have to request it as a great favor to be permitted to send the negro out of the state, I am unable and have been confined, in Maryland , and it appear, my enemies are determined to ruin my estate__ I have reason to believe, [unclear: his [unclear] ] his trial was not an impartial one, and his [added: he] evidence from some of the negroes were coerced.__ I feel much agitated and believe this justice will not be done, I therefore as a friend to humanity and citizen of Tennessee want by your permission to send him out of the state__ you will excuse this scrawl, and accept my friendship.

[added: Your obsev [obedient servant]]
L.T. Greenfield

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[added: paid 25
Horse Lead June 2 1828

General Sam Houston Nashville Davidson County West Tennessee

Greenfield negro June 1828]

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