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Title: [Letter] 1844 Sep. 29, Trenton, [Tennessee] [to] Mr. A[dam] Fergusson, Carthage, Smith C[oun]ty, Tennessee / Th Claiborne Jr : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Claiborne, Th. Jr.

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Date: September 29, 1841
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated September 29, 1844, to Adam Fergusson in Carthage, TN, from Th [perhaps short for Thomas] Claiborne, Jr. in Trenton, TN. In this letter, Claiborne discusses politics, particularly the democratic presidential campaign to elect James K. Polk in 1844. Claiborne reports on how the democratic ticket is faring in states throughout the country and in the counties of Tennessee in particular. He is hopeful that the democrats will win out in Tennessee.
Collection:Fergusson Papers IV-G-1

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Trenton Sep. [September] 29th 1844
Dear Sir

Your favor of 20th Inst [Instant] came to hand a day or two ago. I am rejoiced to hear that the democracy are moving so earnestly, in the Middle Dist. [District] & doubtless their efforts will not be unavailing; I can see no way of escape for the Whigs since Wright 's nomination in New York , the acknowledgment of the doubtful result in Ohio by the Whigs themselves, the strong hope entertained by our friends of carrying New Jersey , __ Tennessee I strongly believe will go for us. my prayer is for this above all things__ As for we W. D. [West District] Democrats look out, for our last brick bat; we will stand by Polk to a man, & we are fighting earnestly for accessions to our ranks I do believe that we will do this;

We had a large meeting in this county last week, [unclear: Dave ] Johnson , & Judge Brown of Memphis addressed the people, who paid their most respectful attention throughout both speeches, at night Thos. [Thomas][unclear: Drayhead ] spoke to a very much pleased crowd Gibson county will do well for us beyond a doubt; I fear more than every thing else, their increase prov [gap] young men, they ll have not up tha[gap] this you see will cover n [gap]

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I have just returned from Dyer county , our friends are not doing any thing there at all, I was surprised at this greatly & drew from the few democrats I saw a promise to organize immediately & spread the documents which they have hitherto not done,__ there are a few changes, 25 or 30, but these are not enough they can do more & will_ Obion is all right [alright] an immense gain there, Weakley is up & on fire, she will do nobly this time Carroll will give us changes: but not many__ Madison will do very well Henderson very well & all our counties are now bidding fair for a large increase [unclear: Dave ] Johnson Recd [Received] a letter from A Johnson , of E Tenn [East Tennessee] , who says that if W [West] & M [Middle] Tenn will only hold on as they were, that E.T. [East Tennessee] will do sufficient to carry the State._ We entertain no doubt here of the final result & are betting on it, the Whigs are scared & no enthusiasm among them. Our campaign is organised [organized], & we have all officers elected, & are only waiting to draw arms. this we will do immediately We are doing all in our power to keep up the [unclear: enthusiasm ] God prosper the Cause, & success set up our standards, & never such a triumph ever in Jackson times will crown our efforts.

I am very truly your friend,
Th Claiborne Jr [Junior]

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Mr. A. [Adam] Fergusson Carthage Smith Cty [County] Tennessee
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