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Title:[Deposition of Andrew Morrison] 1822 Sep. 28, Nashville, Tennessee, [to] the Clerk of Brackenridge Circuit Court, Hardinsburgh, Kentucky : a machine readable transcription of an image

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Date: September 28, 1822
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a deposition given in Nashville, Tennessee for a trial that was held in Hardinsburgh, Kentucky. Andrew Morrison gave the deposition on behalf of the defendants. His deposition was dated September 28, 1822, and the subject was the condition of the Ohio River, the month of October 1817.
Collection:Andrew Morrison Document
Document: sc118

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Agreeable to a Dedimus to us Directed from the Brackenridge Circuit Court in the State of Kentucky we have caused Andrew Morrison a witness for the Defendants in a suit depending in said court wherein Peter Kemmell is plaintiff and Chenault & Co . are defendants to come before us at the Nashville Inn in the State of Tennessee on the 28th day of September 1822 said witness being sworn on the Holy Evengelist [Evangelist] of Almity [Almighty] god [God] Deposes and says as follows_

Question 1st Are you acquainted with boating on the Ohio River

Answer I have followed boating on the Ohio for several years

Question Were you at Pittsburg [Pittsburgh] on the seventeenth of October 1817 and do you recollect the State of Ohio river on that day and for a few days before and after

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Answer I remember well the Ohio river was in good order on the tenth or eleventh of October 1817 and kept in good o order untill [until] the 28 or 29th of October when I left Pittsburgh with my family and landed at Maysville Ky [Kentucky] . on the fourth of [added: or] fifth of November 1817 and the river was so high that it was both difficult and dangerous to land

Question How long does it generally take a boat to come from Pittsburgh to Jennings creek ten mils [miles] below flint Isleand [Island]

Answer I think fourteen days would be a sufficient time with a good stage of water as was at that time allowing to loose [lose] time for head winds, I have had boats make the trip from Pitts [Pittsburgh] to Nashville in twenty five and twenty six days

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Question have you followed boating on the Ohio river and cumberland for several years and have you made a livelyhood [livelihood] at it and have you owned many boats

Answer. I have made nearly all my living at boating since 1804 and was verry [very] largely concerned in frighting [freighting] goods from Pittsburg to Nashville from 1810 to 1817 and has had as many as seventeen boats arrive here from Pittburg [Pittsburgh] in six or seven months and farther this deponent sayeth [unclear: not ]

A. Morson [Andrew Morrison]
[added: State of Tennessee
Davidson County {][added:

the foregoing deposition was taken before us two acting Justices of the peace for Davidson County at the day & place named in the caption neither of us are interested in said cause nor council for either party the deposition is in the hand writing of the witness and sealed up by us and deposited in the post office near having been out of our possession given under our hands this 28th day September 1822

Will Lytle D.A.Dunham

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To the Clerk of Brackenridge Circuit Court Hardinsburgh Kentucky
[added: Andrew Morrison's deposition for the Defendant][added: D.A. Dunham]

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