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Title:[Letter] 1823 Apr. 20, Cragfont, Tennessee [to] J[ohn] Overton, Nashville, Tennessee / J[ames] Winchester: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Winchester, J.

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Date: April 20, 1823
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter from General James Winchester to the Honorable John Overton, April 20, 1823. Winchester is writing to discuss the court situation in Memphis. They, along with Andrew Jackson, are the founders of Memphis. Winchester lists the ways to establish a court in Tennessee.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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Cragfont 20th April 1823
Dear [unclear: Jno ]

I have had the pleasure to receive your favour [favor] dated at Nashville the 13th instant I know very well that it is important to the prosperity of Memphis that the courts should be kept there, I believe too that powerfull [powerful] exertions are in [unclear: embraced ] to remove them and the propriety and policy of counter acting such exertions and that we must [added: not] hesitate at a little expense and trouble to nourish, encourage, and protect our little establishment. You know there is three ways of locating sites for Court houses the first directly by act of the General assembly, the second by Commissioners, and the third by a vote of the people of the county, Now behelst on the spot it will be well for you to ascertain which of them ways the opposition are aiming at, in order to be the better able to frustrate their plans But I still think when they come to fix on a site to rally round in opposition to Memphis, that they well find it a dificult [difficult] point to agree upon and that many of their forces will desert their cause, Big Creek and the center I expect will be in nomination but surely one but the north west corner of the county will stick to Big Creek the center in my opinion will be found to be the most formidable point to be dreaded by the friends of M_. here all you [skill

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skill] and persevering industry will [added: be] in requisition excited by interest the most powerfull stimulant on earth

I have communicated to George Roberts your advice on the subject of his suit with Ring. I will attend at Lebanon on sunday proceeding the Court in order to get a continuance of the Searcy & Eaton suit, but I fear it has been so long hung up in Court, If Seareys counsel presses for a trial that it cannot be effected, and no one understands this case half as well as you do, I wish most sincerely it had been tried at last fall term, even without Smiths testimony rather than at the ensuing term in your absence as counsel. all that can be done however in my power, shall be done, to procure a continuance

I am Dear Sir
Very respectfully
Your obt [obedient] servant
J [John] Winchester
Judge John Overton

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Cairo 29thApril 1823 }
[added: Forwarded]
Judge John Overton Nashville MemphisState of Tennessee
[added: Genl [General] Winchester
20th Apl [April] 1823]

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