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Title:[Letter] 1845 Apr. 22, Nashville, Tennessee [to] Washington County Sheriff / James Jones : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jones, James

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Date: April 22, 1845
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated April 22, 1845 from the governor of Tennessee, James Jones to the sheriff of Washington County, located in Northeast Tennessee. The purpose of the letter is to urge the sheriff to fulfill his duty, and obligation by carrying out the warrant issued for the arrest of William Bales, Nathaniel Brown, John Block, and Arless Collins, charged with highway robbery in North Carolina. In the letter, the governor says he is aware of a strong "feeling and excitement" created in Washington county by the case, however, it is not up to him, or the sheriff to pass judgement.
Collection:Governor James Jones Papers
Document: sl615

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Executive Department Nashville
April 22d 1845[added: To the Sheriff of Washington County Tennessee

Enclosed you will find a warrant for the apprehension of William MS Bales Nathaniel L Brown John S Block and Arless C Collins charges with the crime of highway robery [robbery] in the state of North Carolina . These individuals have been regularly remanded acording [according] to the requirements of the Correction and Laws.

I am aware that there is much feeling and excitement in your County growing out of the case but I trust that the Law and Constitution will be regarded as paramount of the guilt or inocene [innocence] of these individuals I know nothing they may be inocent [innocent] but this is not a question that I or you or any other authority in this state is competent to decide. The simple question for my consideration is have they been charged with an offense against the Laws of North Carolina and is the evidence of this fact made to me according to law if so I have no alternative and it is equally the duty of all [unclear: the arch ] officers of this state to do their duty

You know your duty and I doubt not will perform it

[added: Yours Respectfully]
James C Jones

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[added: Papers in the case of the demand of the gov [governor] of North Carolina of AC Collins and others]

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