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Title:[Letter] 1816 Mar. 10, Williamson County, Tennessee [to] Joseph McMinn, Nashville, Tennessee / Thomas Ridley : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Ridley, Thomas

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Date: March 10, 1816
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated March 10, 1816 from Thomas Ridley, the Sheriff of Williamson County, Tennessee to the governor of the state, Joseph McMinn. The subject of the letter is Aaron Gladden, a convicted horse thief who escaped from jail after it burned. Gladden is described by the Sheriff as a man of exceedingly bad character, and asks the governor whether or not a reward for his arrest is warranted.
Collection:Governor Joseph McMinn Papers
Document: sl757

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March 10th 1816 [added: His Excellency
Joseph McMinn ] Sir

I send you the best description I can get of Aaron Gladden who was committed to the Jail of Williamson county for horse stealing, and on the night of the 26th of Feby [February]. last, the Jail was burnt and the villain gone. It is submitted to the consideration of the executive, whether or not, it would be better to offer a reward for him, he is a man of exceeding bad character, and it has been said this is not the first charge It would be highly gratifying to the community, and particularly to me, for the villain to be taken. He is about forty years of age, dark hair, intermixed with grey, swarthy complexion, about six feet high, blue eyes, his teeth, before is worn very short and smooth; large frame, thin visage, large eye brows, and his eyes considerably sunk for a man of his age, he has a down cast villainous look and rather slow spoken.

[added: I am yrs [yours]. respectfully]
Thomas Ridley [added: Shff [Sheriff] of Williamson county][added: Ridley]

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[added: Fugitive from justice Williamson Co [County] March 1800 must find]

His Excellency Joseph McMinn Nashville
[added: fugitive from Justice Williamson
proclamation fund offering $ reward 23 April 1816]

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