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Title:[Military Commission] 1840 Oct. 12 [of] James M. Bowden [signed by] James K. Polk : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Polk, James K.

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Date: October 12, 1840
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a military commission dated October 12, 1840 for James M. Bowden to enter the Tennessee Militia. The commission is signed by James K. Polk, Governor of Tennessee.
Collection:Military Commission
Box:Tennessee State Library, Miscellaneous documents 714, 1-27

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Know ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Conduct and Fidelity of Jm [James] Bowden of the County of Marshall we do commission him Captain in Unit 147 Regiment of the MILITIA of this State; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil the duties of Capt [Captain] in the said Regiment, agreeably to law, and the rules and directions of Military Discipline; with all the powers, privileges and emoluments thereto of right appertaining, and he is hereby required to obey his superior officers' lawful orders and commands, and all officers and privates under his command are to be obedient to him as aforesaid. In testimony whereof, we have hereunto caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed. Witness, James K. Polk , Esq. [Esquire] our Governor and Commander-in Chief, at Nashville, the 12 day of Oct [October] in the sixty fifth year of our Independence and in the year 1840

James K. Polk
By the Governor:
Jno [John] S. Young
Secretary of State [added: I send you my father Sirtificate [certificate] of office you can use it if you wish if not please return to R. L. Bowden Lewisberg Tenn [Tennessee] ][added: Manuscript Section No. 714]

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I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the State of Tennessee and that I will faithfully Discharge the duties of the Militia of Tennessee, as prescribed by law, to the best of my abilities. Sworn to and subscribed before me, this }5th day of April 1841

Burgess Hardin B. H.
James M. Bowden

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