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Title:[Letter] 1821 Jul. 25, Jonesbor[o, Tennessee] [to] John Overton, Nashville [Tennessee] / John McAlister : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:McAlister, John

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Date: July 25 1821
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from John McAlister to John Overton, dated July 25, 1821. McAlister is describing the election campaigns for governor. He writes about candidates Colonel Ward and Mr. Carroll.
Collection:Overton Papers

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Jonesbor [Jonesboro] 25th July 1821
Dr [Dear] Sir

I duly received yours of the 14th instant and am sorry to say it is out of my power to satisfy you as I could wish as to the ultimate issue of the election for governor__ the Substantial reflecting part of the community and woman advocates for Colo [Colonel] Ward s__ but the military [unclear: enthusiasm ] , which pervades the map of all countries, will bow to military talents particularly if the commander has been successful___ but then I need not tell you_____ Carrol [Carroll] has been here and "Spoke a Speech" well calculated to procure him votes_ his Statement to the people was widely different either from the circular, or the expectations both his friends & enemies had formed he got his que [cue] from Some folly here__ amongst other things he told him that a thing might be morally wrong yet at the Same time politically right ___ perhaps the philosophy is right but I am not So certain it is___ He prides himself much on starting a march to E T [East Tennessee] without the Knowledge of Col. Ward a fort of military maneuver not much to his credit__ I am astonished at Kennedy ___ he is among the foremost to [unclear: propale ] his success__ and when he had done Speaking the only man in the crowd who waved his hat, "with huna for Carrol"

I wish to Heaven I could write you that ward would get a majority here and hope as Sincerely as any man that the blessd [blessed] account of his having a majority in this county may reach me, so as to give you the earliest information_ but all this I much fear, will not be according to either of our desires__ but be it as it may You Shall hear if I live__ my respects to Judge [unclear: Emerson ]

yours sincerely
John McAlister

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post mark- Jonesborough T [Tennessee] July 24 1821
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John Mc Alister
John Overton Esqr [Esquire]Near Nashville
[added: Jn [John] Mc Alister
Jonesbo 25th July 1821]

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