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Title: [Letter] 1850 Jun. 20, Winchester, Ten[nessee] / John T. Slatter : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Slatter, John T.

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Date: June 20, 1850
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from John T. Slatter dated June 20, 1850. It may be to Governor William Trousdale. Slatter is explaining his past orders from former governors of Tennessee regarding the supply of arms to the militia. He mentions Governors Brown and Cannon. Slatter also mentions the involvement of the militia in the U.S.-Mexican War.
Collection:Governor William Trousdale Papers
Document: sl635

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Winchester Franklin [unclear: Bo ] , TenJune 20th 1850.
Dear Sir

During the administration of Ex. Gov. [Excellent Governor] N. S. [Neill Smith] Brown , I recd [received] instruction from him to collect all of the Public Arms and accoutrements in this country, and report the same to him when collected. I have now in or about collected them all, and can have them ready to send to Nashville at any time. I am informed that the first stand of arms brot [brought] to this co [county] was 22 or 3 years since__ They were drawn for the use of a volunteer company, and used by them, some 6 years; at the expiration of which time, the company and muskets were pretty well wornout The captain who commanded the company has been since lied, and but few of the Co. [Company] Now remain in this county The 2nd stand of Arms but to this county was in 1837 or 8_ They were brought to this County, for the use of another volunteer Company which was organizing here__ Ex_ Gov. Cannon was then in this [unclear: place, ] and authorized the Company to send [added: to] Nashville and yet a stand of Arms which was done. About that time, the Texas was Commenced, and some of the Company left for the seat of war, Camping with them some 8 or 10 of the Muskets__ and I have been in formed that they used them to a great advantage in massacreeing [massacring] the Mexicans. The first stand of Musket are nearly all worn out or lost. The last stand is in a tolerable fair condition [added: considering] what they have been through. I had them in my possession, or partly so, until the presidential Election in 1844 when I gave them up to the Democrats, and they were used by them during the Presidential Canvass of that year. Ex_ Gov. Brown refered [referred] me, in his letter, to the act of 1845-6, pages 291 n [and] 292. I presume that it is expedient

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for you to take some action with upon the subject They can be repaired in the Penitentiary without Call to the state. I find it a hard matter to keep them together & the sooner they are removed the better. It was the intent of Ex Gov B. [Brown] to have them all Collected and retd [returned] to Nashville. I should be pleased to hear from you upon the subject. I can refer you to [added: the]respectable portion of the community here for the Correctness of my statements____

with the highest respect I am your obdt servt [obedient servant]
John T Slatter

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