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Title:[Letter] 1806 Aug 17, Knoxville [Tennessee, to] James Winchester, Sumner County [Tennessee] / Sampson Williams et. al. : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Williams, S[ampson]

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Date: August 17, 1806
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from Sampson Williams and John Wynne to General James Winchester, dated August 17, 1806. Williams and Wynne inform Winchester of some Bills that propose to divide Tennessee into administrative districts. They describe the details such as locations and reactions to the idea. They mention that some people want to call a constitutional convention. Winchester is asked if he plans on running for Congress. If so, they assure him of support.
Collection:James Winchester Papers

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Knoxville August 17th 1806
Dear Sir

As we Know you are anxious to hear the probable result of the deliberations of the collected wisdom of Tennessee we shall here endeavour to give you the out lines of the most important matters which have yet come before us in the course of the Session__ at the commencement of the Session a committee was appointed to take into consideration our landed business that committee has been busily engaged ever Since in Sketching out a land system and will be able to report tomorrow by Bills which contemplates dividing the State into Six Districts in the following manner the Military reservation to make one, South of the Military reservasion [reservation] and west of a meredian [meridian] line from the south east corner of the military reservasion to form an other, and East of that line to the dividing waters on the top of Cumberland Mountain to make an other_ one south of French Broad , and two others of these two Districts and to appoint a Surveyor General in each District_ and two registers of the Land office, one in East and one in west Tennessee and a Board of

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commissioners to examine into all existing claims all of whose duties are well defined and proper restrictions laid on them for a breach of duty except the board of commissioners whoes [whose] prowers [powers] are unlimited and their decisions final- but to this measure there is considerable oposition [opposition] _ Some are anxious for going on to perfect titles immediatly [immediately] without the investigation of frauds and what the final result may be is uncertain, but we rather think the plan first sketched out most likely to Suceed [Succeed] _ and all west Tennessee [added: of big Pigeon ] and South of French Broad to be Surveyed and an accurate plann [plan] thereof [gap] returned to each Surveyor General __ before enties are made__ the people South of French Broad &c [etcetera] to have their land at one Dollar pr [per] acre payable anually [annually] in ten equal instalments [installments] with interest__

The Colledge [College] in west Tennessee to be Established at Nashville but not determined [added: where] in this end of the State__ where would you wish the accadamy [academy] Established in your County-

the call of a convention is again adgitated [agitated] but not yet decided upon- but the most violent Exertions are rsorted [resorted] to to convince

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the members of the propriety of such mesure [measure] , but Wilkerson in the Sinate [Senate] and Lillard in the representatives have so far acted consistently and if they remain so, we shall be able to baffle all their Efforts-

we shall also take the liberty to ask you wheather [whether] you are, or intend being a candidate for Congress, we have both before we left home held up your name, and we [added: think you] will get nearly a unanimous vote in our respective Counties-- but we discover electionering [electioneering] here and we should [added: be glad] to Say we were authorised [authorized] from you, to say [added: you] were a candidate as we both conceive ourselves doubly bound to Support your Election Should you be a candidate- it is here Stated you will not be a candidate

Accept the assurances of our Esteem and well wishes for your health and happiness

S,, Williams
John K Wynne
[added: PS [Post Script] when anything transpires that we think interesting to you or any of our fellow citizens you shall be advised thereof Colo [Colonel] Douglas agrees with us and desires to be remembered]
SW [Sampsom Williams]
J KW [John K. Wynne]

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Sampson Williams[added: &] John K. Wynne17th Augt [August]
[added: Free]
Genl [General] James Winchester[unclear: PM ] Sumner County Cragfont
[added: Exertions are rsorted...]

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