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Title:[Letter] 1829 May 23, Athens, Tennessee [to] William Hall, Nashville, Tennessee / J.C. Mitchell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Mitchell, J.C.

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Date: May 23, 1829
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated May 23, 1829 from J.C. Mitchell to Tennessee governor William Hall. In the letter, Mitchell writes of the circumstances surrounding the previous governor, Sam Houston after his humiliating marriage scandal, and flight from Nashville dressed in disguise. Mitchell assumed the governorship in the month prior to the writing of this letter, he served through October.
Collection:Governor William Hall Papers
Document: sl601

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Athens Tenn [Tennessee]
May 23d 1829 Dear Genl [General]

I regret the circumstances which have imposed upon you the duties of Governor of Tennessee Poor Houston he rose like the flames of the morn to perish with the mid-day sun It is on his account and not yours that I have my regrets__ You will I have no doubt believe me [me] sincere when I say to you that it would afford me much pleasure to have it in my power to address you as the Governor of Tennessee elected by the suffrage of the people instead of having the office cast upon you by act and apperation [apparition] of Law And I believe if you could get the better of your almost unconquerable modesty that you could me made the Governor of Tennessee when you should choose to tender your service But as the stern decrees of fate had been sent forth against Houston I am truely [truly] glad that Tennessee had such a Patriot at the head of her Senate to recive [receive] into his hands the Executive reins Because I know you will impartially administer the afairs [affairs] of the State which fall within the Executive sphere__ Under this knowledge of your worth I shall present the application of my friend Elikee S. Barclay esqr [esquire] for the office of Solicitor General of the Solicitarial District composed

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of Monroe Blount Jefferson Sevier & Cocke Counties with a confidential hope of his success At Barclay is a man of fine Education and a well read and sound lawyer eminently qualified to discharge the duties of solicitor to the best interest of the District and to his our honor and emulate it__ He is poor and has a worthy growing family hanging on his arm for support. I feel quite confident that the appointment can not be bestowed on a more diserving [deserving] man or one that would reach more Universal satisfaction From the above it would be superflous [superfluous] to say that mr [mister] Barclays appointment would be of high gratification to your old & devoted friend

J.C. Mitchell
[added: His Excellency William Hall]

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[added: Athens T [Tennessee]May 24th Paid 18 3/4 His Excellency William Hall Nashville (Tenn [Tennessee])]

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[added: Col [Colonel] H Mitchell 23 May '29 Recommend ES [Elikee S.] Barclay in place of Wilkinson]

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