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Title:[Letter] 1827 Oct. 9, Blountville, [Tennessee] [to] Samuel Houston, Nashville, Tennessee / Tho[ma]s White: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:White, Thomas

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Date: October 9, 1827
Extent: 2 p
Summary:The following document is a letter, dated October 9, 1827, written to Governor Sam Houston (1827-1829) from Thomas White, sheriff of Sullivan County. White writes in regards to a man by the name of James Havron who had recently escaped from Blountville Jail. He encloses a description of Havron and encourages the governor to offer a reward for the fugitive's capture.
Collection:Governor Sam Houston Correspondence
Box: Brown - White, b1

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Blountville 9 October 1827

Broke Blountville Jail ( Sullivan County ) on the night of the 5th Instant James P. Havron who was imprisoned in said Jail for murdering William Humphries , said Havron is about the age of Twenty five years, five feet nine or ten inches high, sandy hair rather light, grey eyes, and bad [added: or down] countenances, Tolerably [unclear: esoat ] made

His Excellency Samuel Houston Governor of

Dr. [Dear] Sir, I have thought it best to send to you the above description that you might if you think proper, offer a reward for the above described fellon [felon], it is believed that his chance of escaping the gallows could only be affected by his not comeing [coming] to trial, several persons committed to Jails in this District lately for like offences have, made their escapes or broke Jail, and the good of society no doubt requires that some of them at least should be apprehended and punished. I have made great exertions since he broke Jail to apprehend him, but have been unsucessful [unsuccessful], Our representatives Messrs Gammon & McClellan who are acquainted particularly I presumed with the circumstances can relate them to you, and give you more particular accounts of the murder, and character of said Havron than I have —

Your Obt [Obedient] Servant
Thos. [Thomas] White Sheriff of
Sullivan County

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Blountville T [Tennessee]Oct [October] 9 [added: Paid 18 3/4]His Excellency Samuel Houston Govenor [Governor] of Nashville Tennessee
[added: J P Havron
$50. "
29 Oct 1827]

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