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Title:[Letter] 1803 Oct. 10, Knoxville, Tennessee [to] John Sevier / Andrew Jackson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jackson, Andrew

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Date: October 10, 1803
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written to John Sevier by Andrew Jackson on October 10, 1803. In the letter, Andrew Jackson challenges John Sevier to a duel. He requests Sevier respond to his challenge and to meet either in Knoxville or at Southwest Point, on the Indian boundary line, to fight the duel.
Collection:Tennessee Historical Society
Box:Miscellaneous documents J1
Folder:Number 8J

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Knoxville Monday 12 Oclock [O'clock]10th of October 1803

your note by Mr William Maclin is this moment handed me and I hasten to reply, that you have been well advised what part of the Indian boundary line I would go with you to relieve you of your fears, south west point was named, and that I would accomadate [accommodate] your fears by going there — you have been informed invited and requested to meet me there — within the vicinity of this place, or any other [added: place] that would be convenient — you have refused and waded a meeting, and through mere cowardice — you may yet retrieve your character by seeing me in this neighbourhood [neighborhood] or at south west point — If in this neighbourhood [neighborhood], this evening or early tomorrow morning — If at south west point tommorrow [tomorrow] evening, or on Wednesday [added: next] any time before twelve oclock [o'clock] If you [unclear: incline ] to this meeting I will expect to be notified by you — I well know your friend Capt [Captain] Sparks is absent, he told me and my friend Capt [Captain] A. White on friday [Friday] evening that for certain reasons he washed his hands of it — and was requested of he did to state it to you and to state agreable [agreeable] to your appointment on the eighth we would expect to hear from you — or I would post you as you

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have been here before advised — Capt [Captain] Sparks stated to my friend that he had stated to you everything he had promised, and gave for answer as I advised you yesterday — you Certainly are not so friendless, that you can get no friend this will not do well for a come off — The advertisement in the press — I leave Knoxville tommorrow [tomorrow] after Breakfast — will [unclear: obey ] a call from you between this and that time in the vicinity of this place — and I assure you, will be happy to see you in a situation that I can obtain that redress, that I have been trying to compel you to afford me for nine days past, and which you pledged your honour [honor] to my friend to give me — and which you have forfeighted [forfeited]

Andrew Jackson
Governor John Sevier

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His Excellency John Sevier Esq [esquire]Governor &c [et cetera]Present

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