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Title:[Letter] 1815 Dec. 10, Bellview [to] James Winchester, Cairo, Tennessee / William Martin : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Martin, William

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Date: December 10, 1815
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter dated December 10, 1815 from William Martin to General James Winchester. In the letter, Martin mentions the lands recently taken from the Creek Indians, as well as its settlement and occupation.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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10th Decbr [December] 1815 Dear Genl [General]

There is nothing more within my recollection than that I did transfer to you [added: on the plot & certificate] my interest to our hundred fifty acres of Land lying on [unclear: Ferrises ] Creek of Elk river If the grant has come out in my name as Col [Colonel] Anderson says there has been some mistake or omission to draw as you get the grant if in my name I will make the conveyance [unclear: viz, a quit title one ] and in case of death on or other casualties which might prevent before the grant is got this may be considered my obligation for that purpose

Is it not probable that if the European allies continue at [unclear: pease armory ] themselves that in large a formadible [formidable] coalition will be formed agst [against] us. It is the Interest of legitimate Sovereigns to put down liberty wherever found. and as its root seems to be here they will try to pluck it up. Should this effort be made the conflict will be disparate. Congress ought to loose no time in puting [putting] the country in the best possible state of defense. above all things arms should be provided for every effective man in the nation. you know the increase of confidence a soldier receives from being well armed & equipted [equipped]. We hear that the Floridas are ceeded [ceded] to G.B. If true the object is easy understood I would be for forming a strong [unclear: business ] on that frontier to this end. I would

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let out the land got from the Creeks on terms which would warrant an immediate occupation of the country. Say, 160 acres to every family which made an actual settlement out 50 cents pr [per] acre. this would be worth mor to cash in case of a rupture with GB. than if the land would sell at $5 in the ordinary & slow way [gap] back with me on this subject [unclear: soon ] as to our great men at the city.

Our family are in health [unclear: I hope ] you and your household are enjoying the like favor.

Respectfully I am your friend & fellow citizen
Wm Martin

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[added: Col [Colonel] Wm [William] Martin 10th Dec [December]. 1815 12

Gnl [General] James Winchester Cairo Tennessee

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