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Title:[Commission of John N. Westin to the Tennessee Militia] 1828 March / [signed by Sam Houston] : a machine-readable transcription of an image

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Date: March 1828
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a commission appointing John N. Westin First Lieutenant of the Kingston Rifle Company in the Tennessee Militia. It is signed March 1828, by Sam Houston, Governor of Tennessee.
Collection:Samuel Houston
Folder: MS-1217

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State of Tennessee

To all who shall see these presents...Greeting:

Know ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, conduct and fidelity of John N. Westin of the county of Roane We commission him First Lieutenant of the Kingston Rifle Company attached to the [unclear] Regiment of the Militia of this State; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of Lieutenant as aforesaid in the said Regiment, agreeably to law, and the rules and directions of Military Discipline; to have and to hold the rank and command of Lieutenant as aforesaid in the said Regiment, during good behaviour [behavior], with all the powers, privileges and emoluments thereto of right appertaining, And the said John N. Westin is hereby required to obey his superior Officers' lawful orders and commands, and all officers and privates under his command, are to be obedient to him as aforesaid.

In testimony whereof, We have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, Sam Houston , Esquire, our Governor and Commander in Chief, at Nashville , the [gap] day of March in the fifty second year of our Independence, and and in the year 1828.

By the Governor
Sam Houston
[added: Daniel Graham ][added: Secretary of State]

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I do solemnly swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the State of Tennessee, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the Militia of Tennessee, as prescribed by law, to the best of my abilities.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this }

[gap] day of [gap]

I, [gap] do solemnly [gap] that I will not give or accept a challenge, either written or verbal, to fight a duel-nor will I be the bearer of a challenge for such purpose-nor will I fight a duel, nor be second to fight a duel, during my continuance in office, so help me GOD.

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