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Title:[Letter] to Andrew Jackson / S[ampson] Williams : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Williams, Sampson

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Date: ca. 1820
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter whose date is unknown, written from Sampson Williams to Andrew Jackson when Jackson was a member of Congress. In the letter, Williams asked Jackson to support his proposal to establish a trading post at Fort Blount. Williams also discussed the conflicts between the Indians and Whites of the Cumberland area, and he stated that some 500 families were currently residing on Indian lands. At the end of the letter, Williams also briefly mentioned the possibility of appointing a man by the name of Overton as Federal Judge.
Collection:Sampson Williams
Folder: MS-1959

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[gap] Jackson

My Exposed Situation will be a Sufficient apology for me to Solicit your friendship in useing [using] your influence in trying to Keep up the post at Fort Blount , the present mode of Keeping it up by the Militia I Should prefer was it left to me, for reasons you can Judge of. the Establishment of a trading post at Fort Blount I am of opinion will be of great advantag [advantage] [added: and convenience] to the Indians as it is in the heart of the Cherokees Huntinground [Hunting ground] and they themselves have Solicitted [Solicited] me to bring goods there for them However I know that cannot be done under the present establishment, The Indians & white people are both Violating the Treaty the result of which is hard to conjecture. but I hope the present Session of Congress will take measures to prevent any futer [future or further] Violation on either side — many white people have Settled upon the Indian Lands I am told to the amount of 500 families one Indian has been killed and one other wounded supposed by the Kentuckyans [Kentuckians] and a report of four others missing, in return the Indians have Stolen many Horses on the Cumberland road and robbed one waggon [wagon] this was done previous to the killing and wounding the Indians, there are three companies of Troops at Knoxville their destination un known [unknown] but supposed for the purpose of removing those people from off the Indian Lands, nothing new has [added: transpired] traspired at Cumberland since you left there Except the loss of our friend Bennet out of the old Batchelors [Bachelors] Society who I always thought

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in that way, but to return to my [gap] and quit plagueing [plaguing] you with nonsence [nonsense], I hope you will not think that I wish to dictate to you, but Should you be of opinion that the Keeping up the post and the establishment if a trading post also at Fort Blount I know would be of publick [public] utility, I Know it would be to my advantage, but I hope my private Interest will have no weight with you, I also hope you will not foget [forget] our friend Overton when the appointment of Federal Judge comes upon the carpet I am sir with Sincere Esteem & regard

your most obedient Servt [Servant]
S. [Sampson]Williams
Andrew Jackson Esqr [Esquire]

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Andrew Jackson Esqr [Esquire] { Member of Congress
[added: Mr Anthony]

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