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Title:[Letter] 1830 Oct. 24, Louisville [KY] [to] John Overton, Nashville, Tennessee / Fort[unatus] Cosby Sr. : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Cosby, Fortunatus

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Date: October 24, 1830
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated October 24, 1830, from Fortunatus Cosby Sr. to his friend John Overton. Cosby is asking Overton to help his son William gain entrance to West Point. He is also requesting that Overton help his grandson Robert get into the navy.
Collection:Orr Collection IV-J-2

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Louisville Oct. [October] 24th 1830
My Friend

I wrote you not many days past giving you such information respecting the nature of the claim of the City of Cincinnati to the public wharf & ferry. as you desired a confirmation of which, I have Just received

Should you desire more specific information write me and it shall be obtained —

I believe You made some acquaintance with my third Son Wm [William] Vernon Cosby who was 17 years old the 22d day of this month, and I believe I expressed to you my opinions, my views & hopes respecting him, he possesses very fine talents, is an uncommonly laborious student and his conduct in every respect Just as we could desire it, he is a good Classic Scholar, & is now Studying Mathematicks [Mathematics] Astronomy &c [et cetera] in which he is making great progress & possesses as his Teacher informs me uncommon taste & talent for those Studies — When you were here I informed that I had

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intended to put him in a Counting house but his friends & particularly his Tutor oppos [oppose] it they are of opinion that could he finish his education at West Point that he might and would become a [added: more] valuable member of Society. under these impression and his own desires — I have again to trespass on Your goodness, in most earnestly requesting you to endeavor to get him admission to West Point — The Secretary of War is yet in your neighbourhood [neighborhood] I believe Should you succeed, I entertain no doubt but that he will reflect credit on your friendship — I believe I informd you that my Grandson Robt [Robert] Todd was 12 years old; I incline to believe that his genius is best suited to the Navy, where you have promised your aid to get him admitted should it be desired — which I hope you will be enabled to do, unless you should believe that I am drawing to largely on your goodness & the patronage of the

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Government — Write me as soon as convenient

Yr. [Your] Friend
Fort. [Fortunatus] Cosby Sr [Senior]

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John Overton Esq [Esquire]att [attorney] at Law Nashville Tennessee
[added: Fortunatus Cosby
Oct 24th 1830] [added: (miscellaneous notes)]

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