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Title:[Letter] 1820 Oct. 18, Murfreesboro, Tennessee [to] N. Starry / Joseph McMinn : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:McMinn, Joseph

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Date: October 18, 1820
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated October 18, 1820 from the governor of Tennessee, Joseph McMinn to N. Starry. The subject of the letter is the crafting of two swords of quality and workmanship to be inscribed with the names of Major Generals Andrew Jackson, and Edmund P. Gaines, and a brief note of esteem for their service in the war against Great Britain. The swords are intended to be gifts from the state of Tennessee; McMinn offers Starry $1800 for the crafting, inscription, and delivery of the two swords to Washington, City. (D.C.)
Collection:Governor Joseph McMinn Papers
Document: sl756

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18th Oct [October] 1820 Sir

Your letter of the 20th august last, did not reach my hand until 14th inst [instant], owing in part to my being Absent, from the Seat of government for the space of 4 weeks past

I am greatly obliged by your attention to my request, relative to the description of Colo [Colonel] Johnson Sword; but Sir your price so far exceeds any sum which has been spoken of here, that, I am induced almost to negative the proposition for sir the price of one sword Say $1200 is at least double equal to what has been thought by men of some information, would be the cost of both__

But as I am willing to admit that Colo Johnsons [added: Sword] agreeable to your description, must be one of first rate, I will propose giving you eighteen hundred Dollars for two Sword, equal in Size, and equal in richness of mounting &

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workmanship to the one just alluded to, and [added: each] to contain (in addition) the following inscription, "This Sword presented by the State of Tennessee to major General [added: Andrew] Jackson for meritonous [meritorious] services performed by in the late war with Great Briain " The same inscription to be engraved on the second sword except to use the title to "Major General Edmund P. Gaines "__

If this proposition suits your interest, you can enter on the work as soon as you please__ and in any event [added: I will thank you to] give one the earliest notice of whatever may be your determination on the subject, and should you conclude to make the sword, and deliver them at washington city as you have proposed, you will please deliver them to the Honl [Honorable]. Newton Cannon one of the Representatives from this state in Congress, who will receipt you accordingly upon the production of which the money will be paid to you on order by Draught on the Treasury of this state, on sight,

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[added: very respectfully Jos [Joseph]. McMinn 9 Decr [December]1820
Mr [Mister] N. Starry

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Letter to N. Starry
Sword maker &c [and et cetera] &c
18 Oct [October] 1820]

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