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Title:[Letter] 1824 Nov. 27, Gainesboro, [Tennessee] [to] Postmaster General / Sam Smith : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Smith, Sam

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Date: November 27, 1824
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Sam L. Smith to the Postmaster General on November 27, 1824. In the letter, Smith informs the Postmaster General that on the mail route from Sparta, Tennessee to Tompkinsville, Kentucky, one mail carrier's horse died and another became sick and could not continue the route. He is concerned about the mail not continuing on its route to Meigsville and on to Tompkinsville. Sam Smith concludes the letter by asking the Postmaster General the appropriate age for a person to become a mail carrier.
Collection:Coffee Perkins Papers

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Gainesboro 27th Nov [November] 1824

I have to report to you that a few weeks since the horse belonging to the mail carrier on the rout [route] from Sparta Ten [Tennessee] to Tompkinsville Ky [Kentucky] died on the road in the neighbourhood [neighborhood] of this office while making a trip and thereby some delay [added: irregularity & dilay [delay]] was occasioned in completing the trip that it was not on And I have further to report that on last Monday the mail carrier upon the same [unclear: rout reached ] & this office with a foundered horse (sick) and thereby some delay has again been occasioned in completing the Trip —

I did not think in either case that it was nessary [necessary] to forward the mail by another person because I did not believe the public good required it — the mail is a very immportant [important] one and at both times when at which the delay was occasioned there could not have been more than one or two very small packets in it

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so that no injury could result either public or private —

I am informed by the carrier of the mail that he has not been able to call at Meigsville for several trips for the want of a ferry boat to cross Cumberland River consequently he is [unclear: compelled ] to take a diferent rout [different route] to Tompkinsville —

It could not be considered an intire [entire] failure at either time not were they such occasioned by such circumstances as the Contractor could have controled [controlled] at the time they ocured [occurred]

If the mail cannot be continued by Meigsville it is unimportant to continue the ballance [balance] of the rout [route]

I have the honor to be your obt servt [obedient servant]
Sam L Smith
Post Master General
[added: PS [Post Script] It would afford me some satisfaction to know at what age a person must be to make him competent to carry the mail Sam L. Smith]

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Copy of a letter
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27 Nov. [November] 1824
From Gainesboro
[unclear: Hertoned ]
Jackson Co.

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