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Title: [Letter] 1818 Apr. 16, Knoxville, Tennessee [to] John Overton, Nashville, Tennessee / Jos[eph] McMinn : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:McMinn, Joseph

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Date: April 16, 1818
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated April 16, 1818 from Governor Joseph McMinn in Knoxville, Tennessee to Judge John Overton in Nashville, Tennessee. In the letter, McMinn states that he is preparing to set out for the Cherokee agency on request of the president to supervise the removal of the Cherokee Indians to West of the Mississippi river.
Collection:Overton Papers

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16 April 1818 Dear Sir

It now very late in the night tho [though] will briefly observe, what judge white mentioned to me this morning that your friend about Nashville expresd [expressed], a wish that you should serve as a commissioner in Runing [running] the line between this state & georgia __

I intended from the first the to take the commissioner from the East and the mathematician from the west mr [mister] Fisk was selected for the cotton, and colo [colonel] williams for the former appointment__ It so happened that both declined I then addressed genl [general] coffee, and

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genl [general] lCocke__ The former genl [general] coffee declined__ and genl [general] Cocke accepted who stand, as commissioner, major gaines of Franklin county has been solicited as mathematician, who has not answered as yet tho [though] from what I have heard I think it probable he will serve

Thus judge you see how I am circumstanced, and I leave you to determine__ I let out in the morning god willing for the cherokee agency where I shall be stationary for a few weeks, in compliance with a request from the president, who has asked me to superintend the removal the cherokees west of the mississippi

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where its expected they will all reside in a short time__ I have fitted out lg Boats all loated with cherokee and their property__ many more are preparing to go on the rise of graf__

god Bless you
Jos. McMinn
[added: P.S I formed my plan of selecting these officers from a belief that the mathematician could be obtained better from the west than the east J McMinn Judge Overton]

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[added: Knoxville T [Tennessee] 17 Apl [April] 1818

Honorable John Overton Nashville
18 1/2] [added: Jos. McMinn Apl [April] 16th 1818]

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