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Title: [Letter] 1808 Feb. 19, Nashville, Tennessee [to] Return J. Meigs, mouth of Hiawassee [River] / James Overton : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Overton, James

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Date: February 19, 1808
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter from James Overton to Return J. Meigs, dated February 19, 1808 regarding David Barclay. Overton writes about Barclay's good qualities, and his unfortunate circumstances. Overton wants Meigs to give Barclay permission to start a ferry operation on the Tennessee River.
Collection:James Overton Papers
Box:MS 1966
Document: sc179

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Dear Colo [Colonel]

Give me leave to introduce to your notice Mr David Barclay as a worthy honest man, in the opinion of all his acquaintance

Mr Barclay a few years ago being then an active industrious man, had the misfortune to brake [break] one of his thighs and dislocated his hip which has entirely put out of his power to follow any laborious, active calling

He has just a competency, and is now wishing to procure Some means by which he can employ himself to the public and his own advantage

It has struck him that he [added: can] make something by [unclear: keeping ] a ferry on Tennessee when the road from this country to Georgia crosses near Nickajack To do which, he must have yours, and the indians permission

From the character of Mr Barclay, and so far as my own knowledge [unclear: attend ] the propriety of his conduct may be safely [unclear: relied ] on__ no man with more certainty

It gives me pleasure to see all men do well, but particularly one who is desirous to do what he can, and who has been unfortunate as Mr Barclay and have no doubt that you

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feel the same disposition

I am with sent of resp & est [sentiments of respect and esteem]
yr mo ob s [your most obedient servant]
Jm [James] Overton
Nashville 19th February 1808
Colo Return J Miegs

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Colo Return J Miegsat the GarrisonMouth of Highwassa [Hiawassee]
[added: Mr Barclay] [added: James Overtons
Letter in favor of
Mr D [David] Barclay
19th February 1808]

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