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Title: [Letter] 1835 Mar. 25 [to] Maj[or] A[ndrew] J[ackson] Donelson, Washington City / William Donelson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Donelson, William

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Date: March 25, 1836
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated March 25, 1835, by William Donelson to Andrew Jackson Donelson, nephew and personal secretary to President Andrew Jackson. William informs Andrew that his land purchase has been completed. He also asks about the possibility of selling two of his slaves. Enclosed with the letter is a diagram of the plot of land newly purchased.
Collection:Bettie M. Donelson Papers
Box: III-E-2-3 b1

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March 25th 1836
Dear Andrew

Your letter and notes was received last week, but I could not make it convenient to close the business with Ward before yesterday I now have his deed, signd [signed] , seld [sealed] , and delivered in presance [presence] of witnesses, the land is yours and I think you have a first rate bargain in it altho [although] a few years sinc [since] , he swore possitively [positively] , that you should never have one inch of it, the fates has decreed it otherwise, and proves that promises should never be made rashly or in anger- when I came to close the bargain with Ward he contended that the notes you sent me were dated wrong that they should have been dated the 4th Feb [February] instead of the 4th March, which was the time the bargain was made in consequence of this I had to draw a new sett [set] of notes and sign them as your atturney [attorney] , I think he begins to feel the importance of time as some of his neighbours [neighbors] once did= I have two negro fellows that I would sell if I could supply their place with better (George and old Nelson) I wish you would let me know what you can do for me in the business, if strong healthy young fellows [added: of good character] can be baught [bought] and braught [braught] out for the same sum that I could sell these for

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I would do so, if you can make the purchases I will either send you on the money necessary [or or] get Mr Hill to accept your drafts for the amount required= your are under a mistake about the lane, running from your church cotton field to Wards house, it commences near 40 poles west of your spring branch and runs nearly parralell [parallel] with it as far as your line goes 136 po [poles] giving you a plenty of the western hill [unclear: sinde ] for grass lotts [lots], now handsomely laid off in small lots, the difficlty [difficulty] in making the line straight with your line was, owing to the land belonging to Indiana Ward and could not be sold with out a decre [decree] of court even in the purchase that is made there is 2 or 3 acres included of her land= we are all well and send much love to our friends at the city=

Yours Respct. [Respectfully]
William Donelson

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Maj A. J. [Major Andrew Jackson] Donelson Washington City
[added: Wm [William] Donelson recd [received]
6th April 1836] [added: Wm Donelson
ansd [answered] 7th April 1836]

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diagram of AJ Donelson's land purchase, as described in letter

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