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Title:[Letter] 1838 Oct. 16, Blythes Ferry [to] John Ross / James Powell: a machine-readable transcription
Author:Powell, James

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Date: October 16, 1838
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter from James Powell to John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, dated October 16, 1838. Powell informs Ross of continuing problems in making ferry crossings with detachments, as a result of interference by local settlers. The letter is directed to Ross at the Cherokee Agency in Tennessee.
Repository:The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
Collection:State Library Cherokee Collection
Box: 1
Folder: 21

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Blythes Ferry
Oct 16th 1838Mr. John Ross Prl Chf &c [principal chief et cetera]

I embrace the opportunity to say to you that we arrived at this [added: place] [unclear: exactly ] in this day on yesterday- & up to this time. 10 O'clock [unclear]- we have only succeeded in getting some twenty waggons [wagons] across the River- In fact I am constrained to the conclusion that the perprieters [proprietress] of the Ferry, influenced by the surrounding citizens (for lucrative purposes) are determined to retard all exertions on the part of the conductor to [unclear: proceed ] with their detachments- Hence I would I would respectfully suggest the propriety, if practicable to [unclear: form ] the use of the Ferry until your people have all crossed Judging by the past, I believe that it [added: will] consume a part of tomorrow in getting all our- detachment- upon the opposite bank-

Mr. Williams returns to the Agency believing that you will be able to give him a situation in Judge Brown ' Detachment--if you can accommodate him, it- will if possible increase the obligations I already owe

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You shall hear from us touching things in general so soon as we reach Sequachy Vally .

With profound regard your friend & very obt svt [obedient servant]
J Powell Atty [Attorney] [unclear] &c [et cetera]

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Mr. John Ross Prl Chf [Principal Chief" TYPE="contractions] Cherokee Agency Tennessee

[unclear: Petition B ] of Mr. Thos. [Thomas] Williams

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