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Title: [Letter] 1836 Jun. 5 [to] Maj[or] A[ndrew] J[ackson] Donelson, Washington City / Stockly Donelson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Donelson, Stockly

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Date: June 5, 1836
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated June 5, 1836, to Andrew Jackson Donelson, nephew and personal secretary to President Andrew Jackson, from his brother-in-law Stockly Donelson. Stockly writes about a recent horse race that his horse, which he named Martin Van Buren, won. He also provides an update on the condition of Andrew's home, which is in the process of being built.
Collection:Bettie M. Donelson Papers
Box: III-E-2-3 b1

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June the 5th 1836
Dear Andrew

The races are now over and I have liesure [leisure] to write you a few lines- I won both my races- The Crusader distanced the feild [field] the 2nd heat in 2.[added: m [minutes]] 1. [added: s [second]] and could have run 4 miles and repeat at the same tick track heavy I run the Pacific against Gen [General] Mabry celebrated Leviathan filly a dash of a mile and carried 10 pounds the most weight and a raw inexperienced rider- I got a bad start and ran locked from the first turn until within a hundred yards of the Judges stand. The filly had the track & was good a rider as ever mounted. I beat him about 2 lengths-time 2. [added: m] 2. [added: s] It was the handsomest and best contested race I ever saw and the time was good- with the same weight that the [added: filly] carried and as good a rider my colt could have run it in 1. [added: m] 57. [added: s] track heavy and several bad mud holes. There was not a man that saw my colt But pronounced [added: him] the best Pacific they ever saw and able with equal advantage to beat the [added: Leviathan] 50 yards. I have [added: named] him Martin Van Buren- The bets were 2 to 1 on the Leviathan until mine made his appearance on the track and then the bets were even-

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In relation to your affairs here all is going well at your farm- You have a good crop & it is in good order- Your stock all look well- Your house will now be soon finished- The paper has arrived and the painters are finishing off and papering as fast as they can- But I am sorry to say to you nothing as yet has been done towards the yard. But that can yet be done this summer

By reference to the last Union you will see that Carter has been advertised by me I am very uneasy about him I fear you will never get him again if he gets on the Ohio . I am going to town tomorrow and will endeavor [unclear] to get a man to pursue him.

I wish you to write me if you wish [unclear: Stockly ] to remain the year out- He is a disagreable [disagreeable] man- but will have more work done than any one else- He will agree to quit at any time you wish him-

Cousin Daniel and Lady and family has arrived and will remain here the summer out.

When shall we expect you and sister Emily & family.

Give our love to all and believe me

sincerely yours
Stockly Donelson

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Maj A J [Major Andrew Jackson] Donelson Washington City
[added: Capt [Captain] Stockly Donelson
June 5 1836] [added: Bettie M. Donelson papers.]

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