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Title:[Letter] 1797 Mar. 17, Knoxville, [Tennessee, to] His Excellency Governor Garrard / John Sevier: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Sevier, John

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Date: March 17, 1797
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter, dated March 17, 1797, written by Governor John Sevier of Tennessee (1796-1801, 1803-1809) to Governor Garrard of Kentucky. Sevier discussed the murders of Red Bird and another Cherokee by two Tennessee residents, Edward Mitchell and John Levingston. Sevier called the murders "wanton and unprovoked," and stated that he wished to have the perpetrators apprehended and taken to Kentucky to be punished. However, Sevier also stated that it would be difficult to apprehend the offenders.
Collection:Governor John Sevier Papers

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Knoxville 17 March 1797

Yours of the 8th instant 10th Instant I am duly honored With. and shall observe the contents,

The wanton and unprovoked murder Committed on the red [Red] Bird and [added: another] others Indian of the Cherokee tribe, is a crime so Atrocious and Agrevating [Aggravating] in its nature, that I am determined [added: it is my Sincere wish & desire] to have the perpetrators apprehended, in order they may Suffer agreably [agreeably] to the demerit of their Crimes. The taking of them will be Attended with Some difficulty. Levinstone [Levingston] , I have been informed left this state in A few days after it was known he had been guilty of the murder, and the other [added: Mitchell] is constantly on his Gaurd [Guard] in Such a manner, that it will render it difficult to have him apprehended — you may

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rest assured that nothing shall or will be lacking in the executive, to have them taken and safely conducted into your the State of Kentucky , if by any means the same can be accomplished

I have the honor to be very respectfully
Your Excellencys Mo. ob. Hbe, Sert. [Most obedient Humble, Servant] [added: By the governor]
His Excellency
Governor Garrard }
[added: Governor of
17 March 1797
No [Number] 9

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