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Title: [Letter] 1850 Jan. 14, Hendersonville Ten[nessee] [to] A[ndrew] J[ackson] Donelson, Fort Larimie, Oregon Route / Dan[ei]l S. Donelson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Donelson, Daniel S.

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Date: January 14, 1850
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter to Lieutenant Andrew Jackson Donelson, son of Andrew Jackson Donelson. It is from his uncle Daniel S. Donelson, dated January 14, 1850. Daniel writes that Andrew's father has arrived home safely from a trip. Daniel informs Andrew that the family heard rumors that he had been killed by Indians, and were relieved to find it not true. Daniel hopes that Andrew will be allowed home on furlough soon.
Collection:Bettie M. Donelson Papers
Box:III-E-2-3, b1

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Hendersonville Janry [January] 14th 1850
Dear Jackson

Inclosed you have a letter from your Father, which he sent from South hampton , in one inclosed to me___ I would have forwarded this sooner, had I known the address,, your Father accompanied by all the family reached Nashville on thursday last the 10th, all in fine health except had cold from exposure in Travelling. It gives me pleasure to say that he has means with him, together with proceeds of cotton crop to relieve pressing debts, I hope sincerely that by economical living he will yet [added: be able] to get along without a sale of much if any property, it is my advice, however to square off even though it should require a sale of some portion of his property, such as can be best spared, and

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and have it in his [unclear: power ] to say I am a freeman.

We were filled with apprehension about your fate, based upon a report going the rounds of the N. [Nashville] pappers [papers] that you had been murdered by the Indians, in this state of uncertainty I addressed a letter to the [unclear: Add,, Genrl ] to know the truth in the case, in his answer he stated that he presumed the report [unclear: came ] from the fact of your having communicated the murder of two mail carriers by the Indians on the oregon route- I need not say that we were rejoiced on recieving [receiving] this explanation.

Some changes have taken place since you left, you have been advised of the manner and death of mary D_ an unfortunate affair Report says that John Donelson is courting miss Wila Harding . The times would seem to be improving, Lands, Negroes, and almost every [unclear: species ] of property rising in value

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owing to the rise in Cotton, and the great increase in gold from California which if it should continue will have the [unclear: fleet to unsittle ] prices throughout the world.

I hope in the spring you will be permitted by the Department, to have a more desirable station, and at the same time be permitted to pay us a visit on a furlough of some months. I would [added: not] now advise you to resign unless you had a positive certainty of doing something [gap] which your prospects in life would be greatly advanced.

Our relatives are all well as far as I am [unclear: devised ] __ my family desires to be remembered to you in most affectionate terms.

I am yours affectionately
Danl [Daniel] S. Donelson
[added: P.S [Post Script] since you left my health has been [added: and] is now bad owing to Cholera. DS. D [Daniel S. Donelson]]

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Hendersonville Ten [Tennessee] 10Jay [January] 14
Lieut. A. J. [Lieutenent Andrew Jackson] Donelson Fort Larimie [Laramie] Oregon Route
[added: Genl [General] Danl S. Donelson

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