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Title:[Letter] 1827 Oct. 9, Blountville, Tennessee [to] Sam Houston, Nashville, Tennessee / Thomas White : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: White, Thomas

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Date: October 9, 1827
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated October 9, 1827, from sheriff Thomas White of Blountville, Tennessee to governor Sam Houston. The subject of the letter is a prisoner of the Sullivan County jail, James P. Havron, who had recently escaped from his cell in order to avoid a death sentence by hanging. White asks the governor to issue a reward for his capture, based on a description provided in the letter.
Collection:Governor Sam Houston Papers
Document: sl690

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9 October 1827

Broke Blountville Jail ( Sullivan County ) on the night of the 5th Instant James P. Havron who was imprisoned in said jail for murdering William Humphries , said Havrin is about the age of twenty five years, five feet nine or ten inches high, sandy hair rather light, grey eyes, and [added: or down] bad countenances, tolerably about made

[added: His Excellency Samuel Houston Governor
Dr [Dear]. Sir, I have thought it best to send to you the above description that you might if you think proper, offer a reward for the above described fellow, it is believed that his chance of escaping the gallows could only be affected by his not coming to trial, several persons committed to jails in this District lately for like offences have, made their escapes or broke jail, and the good of society no doubt requires that some of them at least should be apprehended and punished, I have made great exertions since he broke jail to apprehend him, but have been unsuccessful, Our representatives [unclear: Messieurs ] Gaunnon & McClellan who are acquainted particularly I presumed with the circumstances can relate them to you, and give you more particular accounts of the murder, and character of said Havron than I have__
your obt [obedient] Servant Thos [Thomas] White Sheriff of Sullivan County ]

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T [Tennessee] Paid 183
His Excellency Samuel Houston Governor of Nashville Tennessee

JT Havron Fugitive $50. 29 Oct 1827]

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