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Title:[Letter] 1803 Apr. 15, Cragfort [to] Archibald Roane / James Winchester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Winchester, James

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Date: April 15, 1803
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated April 15, 1803 from James Winchester to Tennessee governor Archibald Roane in Nashville. The subject of the letter is Louisiana and indirectly its acquisition by the United States. In the letter he states that the people of Louisiana are pleased with the measures taken by president Thomas Jefferson to add their territory to the United States.
Collection:Governor Archibald Roane Papers
Document: sl718

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15th apl [april] 1803 Sir

I received your Excellency letters of the 6th and 7th instant accompanied by a Copy of a letter from the president, one from the secretary of State and one from the Secretary of war all of which should be duly attended to__

With relation to hostile intentions against the province of Louisiana I have not heard the most violent in this part of the country express an idea, favoring an unauthorized Expedition against any part of His catholic majestys [majesties] dominions__ on the contrary the people here generally are well pleased with the measures pursued by the Executive of the United States , believing if negotiations fail that our Expedition will be authorized by government and that they can then take by force what they been deprived unjustly & refused to be restored peaceably__

Every attention in my power shall be used to carry into effect the Militia System in conformity with existing laws.__

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I believe the returns have not yet been from this District entirely correct with respect to arm's ammunition and accountiments owing partly to a want of prescribed forms and partly to inattention in the commanding officers of Regiments and Companies__ which is now in part done away By blank returns being furnished from the proper officer

I send by this post to [added: the] Adjutant Genl [General] my Brigade return It has been delayed owing to the great difficulty in geting [getting] Returns from the commanding officers of Regiments__ It is however my determination to visit & review all the regiments in my Brigade at the fall General Musters immediately [added: after] which I trust it will be in my power to make a correct & [unclear: complete ] Return

[added: I am with great respect Your Excellencys [Excellencies] obedient Servant ]
J. Winchester
[added: His Excellency Archibald Roane ]

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