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Title:[Letter] 1822 Jan. 27, Knoxville, T[ennessee] [to] John Overton, Nashville, T[ennessee] / P.M. Miller : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Miller, P.M.

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Date: January 27, 1822
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from P.M. Miller to John Overton, dated January 27, 1822. Miller gives a list of several topics that he wants Overton to consider. He wonders if there is someone other than Andrew Jackson to run for governor of Tennessee. Miller intimates that Jackson may be groomed for President if elected governor. He mentions the penitentiary house and that another may be built if needed. Miller writes about the question of slavery's effect on the presidential election. He thinks there will be many candidates running for president.
Collection:Overton Papers

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Knoxville January 17th 1822
D [Dear] Sir

the following [unclear] considerations are offered, 1st is there any man whose personal popularity is so likely to assist in [unclear: fixing ] the seat of government permanently at any given point as Andrew Jackson , if so why should he not be our next governor, or why should this not be wished [added: for] by those who desire this result___

I am satisfied that this cannot be done with the present legislature. I presume some of them may be commited [committed] & if the legislature should [added: be] called, for the doing of which there is not the slightest precept__ what is there to work on__ literally nothing in the fall of 1823__ there is of necessity a Senator to make__ south of [unclear: Th B ] the monies due from the High wassee District will have become due, a great many things will be wanting in the chickasaw country___ I am not sure how Bedford will be represented__ the parties for the next President will be developed___ the Pennitentiary [Penitentiary] may be [unclear: received & fixed ] some where in the east if necessary [unclear: & the ] seal of government in the west_ this will buy the ground for another penitentiary house in the west if I should be necessary_ the Judiciary may be [unclear: revived ] , ma [added: n] y alterations might be made to suit, particular ends, when the publick [public] sentiment favoured [favored] those ends & it was otherwise just & proper__ I am very sure that no one thing ought to be done, at the present session

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if this should be a call that can be left undone__

the District for members will be attended to__ in 1823 I shall be able to point out persons, who will be prepared to act, as I hope my friends always well, a fair open & honest part_ I believe you have lived long enough to know that all men do not do this__ I know that Jackson has been solicited to become a candidate for a very high office, if he should be elected governor & they are sincere in these views it will give strength [unclear: &c ] your to those [unclear: pretences ] I read a private letter from the west stating that Grundy had abounded the head of department at Nashville & said that he would speak to me__ this I believe in part but I immagine [imagine] I understand this matter___ the publications at the Shelbyville & the appointment of the author to office does look a little contemptuous it must be allowed__ how do you do Col [Colonel] Crab which way is Col E. H. Foster & General Gibbs while looking over the political Hemisphere, I should expect that it is not wholy [wholly] improbable, that most of the states individually will set up a candidate for President this will prevent a caucus beyond all doubt & congress will have to select one beyond all doubt [added: as a consequence] the two great states Pennsyl. [Pennsylvania] & New York will doubtlessly understand Each other that & the slave question will probably give to East the President___ but whether it will be from either of those states is doubtful, the smaller states will join the south if they can have the President___

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so that the smaller states will probably make the President___ will you take time to consider of there matters so far as they concern our Local affairs_ & assertain [ascertain] how far certain persons will act on them, I know that grundy had different views at the called session, & I as well know he was wrong, I know that if you fall in with my notions that you know how to act, I shall see you in the latter end of march I expect when we can converse more freely

I am D Sir
PM Millers
[added: this letter is nothing more than notes for your comment___] [added: Private]

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Knoxville T [Tennessee]30 Jany [January] 1822
[added: Paid 187]
John Overton EsquireNashville
[added: P M Miller
27th Jany 1822]

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