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Title:[Letter] 1818 Dec. 11, Cherokee Agency, [to] Secretary [of State Daniel Graham] / Joseph McMinn : a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:McMinn, Joseph

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Date: December 11, 1818
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Governor Joseph McMinn (1815-1821) to Secretary of State Daniel Graham on December 11, 1818. Governor McMinn writes about his efforts to sign up Cherokees to move westward and having to pay and provide them with supplies for the trip. McMinn also reports that, despite previous oppositions, he had not encountered hostilities and had signed up 300 families since October 20 of that year.
Collection: Governor McMinn Letters

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cherokee [Cherokee] agency 11th Decr 1818
Dear Secretary

At half past 2 oclock [o'clock] A.M. I Set down to advise that, I am yet alive, and should realy [really] be happy to hear evan [even] that much from you & friends in murfreesboro [Murfreesboro]

Since the adjournment of the conference I have been extremely industrously [industriously] engaged in Paying the migrants for improvements & arranging for their embarkation to the west, and have at this time a large number here who look up entirely to me, for every thing [everything] they require, and I feel it so much my duty, and the interest of all parties concerned, that they Should leave here with their wants well supplied, and thier [their] affections well secured to the Government, that no portion of my time is spent, without affording the pleasing reflection of believing, that the best interest of [added: my] Beloved Country is to be promoted when I Shall be mouldering [moldering] in the dust. For Sir as I am daily enrolling new recruits, its [it's] of great importance that they should discover, with what care and freindship [friendship] the Government is fulfilling its engagements with their Country men [Countrymen], who have entered the list before them. And for my Self [myself] personally I assure you, that thro [through] all the opposition made to the

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execution of the treaty, I have never yet recived [received] from an emigrant whether drunk or sober the first impression , that could possibly wound the feeling of even a Lady

At our adjournment I had determined on setting out for home on yesterday, tho [though] was very poletily [politely] requested on the 4th to await the decission [decision] of a Talk to be held at Heikes , which commenced on yesterday. the object of the meeting is to Select a deputation to visit the City immediately, for the purpose of puting [putting] a period to all our former differences, which inevitably [added: will] take place provided they go on. If they do I am invited to accompany them, which I have promised I will do, God willing. and should it also meet his pleasure I hope to be engaged in this pleasing employment of paying my friendly & gratefull [grateful] Salutations to you & friend, on the 21st inst. [instant]

I have enrolled upward of 300 Families since the 20th October , and its [it's] now progressing with unabating ardor—

After presenting my affectionate regard for my friend, generally you will please accept the high esteem with which I am your friend

Jos. [Joseph] McMinn
[added: P.S. I have the mortification to state }
to state that from a long indisposition, I fear mrs mcminn [Mrs McMinn] will not be able to accompany me, indeed I am far from having recovered my Self [myself][added: tho [though] trust I will be able]]

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