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Title:[Letter] 1827 Dec. 4, Jackson [to] The Governor [Sam Houston] of Tennessee at Nashville / W[illia]m Harris: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Harris, William

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Date: December 4, 1827
Extent: 2p
Summary:The following document is a letter written to Tennessee Governor Sam Houston (1827-1829) from William Harris in Jackson, TN. Harris writes in regards to a murder trial he witnessed as clerk of the Circuit Court of Madison. Harris urges the governor to exhibit clemency, particularly in regards to the branding sentence, for the defendant, a Doctor Wright.
Collection:Governor Sam Houston Correspondence
Box: Brown - White, b1

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Jackson Decr. [December] 4th. 1827.
Dear Sir

Having as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Madison , witnessed the trial of Wright for the murder of Wesley Ratcliff . I am induced by the strong interest I take in the fate of Doctor Wright , to press at your hands for a remission of somuch [so much] of his punishment as relates to the Branding — The Character proved by Wright and the Circumstances of the case make it one of doubtfull [doubtful] manslaughter, in as much that the Jury were much divided in opinion, and while in the act of Rendering their verdict solicited mitigation of the punishment, so far as might be practicable, I believe [added: that] in soliciting thro [through] interferences of execution Clemency in behalf of Doctor Wright, I express the wishes of the Jury and of many of our most respectable Citizens

I am Dear Sir with sentiments of high esteem

Your friend and Obet. Servt [Obedient Servant]
Wm [William Harris]Harris

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To his ExcellencyThe Governor of Tennessee at Nashville
HarrisDecem [December] 4. 1827
][added: Gov. [Governor] Sam Houston
B1-f1][added: Wm Harris
Decr [December] 4 1827]

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