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Title:[Letter] 1846 Jun. 30, Dresden, Tennessee [to] Aaron Brown, Nashville, Tennessee / William Blakemore: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Blakemore, William

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Date: June 30, 1846
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter dated June 30, 1846 from William Blakemore, the coroner of Weakley County, Tennessee, to Governor Aaron V. Brown in Nashville. In the letter, Blakemore describes a brutal murder committed by William Dunn, who has since fled the county, and he requests the governors assistance in his apprehension.
Collection:Governor Aaron V. Brown Papers

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Dresden Tenn [Tennessee]
30th June 1846 His Excellency Aaron V. Brown, Govr [Governor].Sir

On the 24th inst [instant], a most cruel and brutal murder was committed in this ( Weakley Co [County] ) by William Dunn on the body of Benjamin M Travis __ the particulars are briefly these__Dunn (in company with a third person) met Travis (aged about 20) in a neighborhood road, and in a very friendly manner requested Travis to drink with him, which the latter did__ Dunn again insisted that Travis would take another drink, which the latter proceeded to do, when Dunn, immediately announced his interests on to whip Travis__ Travis had set a [unclear: gun ] by the side of a tree, which he happened to have with him__ which Dunn seized and broke Travis' skull, and otherwise brutally mangled him__ Dunn then cut his throat__ and mounted his horse and fled. These are the facts, as found at the inquest. Previous malice was also proved. the jury of inquest returned a verdict of murder__ Dunn has fled the county, and as the relatives of the deceased are poor; it is respectfully submitted whether a [unclear: reward ] should not be offered by your Excellency for Dunns, apprehension.

Said William Dunn is about 28 years of age, 5 feet, 9 or 10 inches in height heavy built weighs about 175 pounds. has a round face and a smiling countenance, light hair, gray or hazel eyes, swarthy complexion__ talks and laughs freely, and is very profane

Very Respectfully
William B. Blakemore
coroner of Weakley County

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[added: Dresden Te [Tennessee] 29th June]

To His Excellency Aaron V Brown Govr. Nashville Tenn [Tennessee].

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