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Title:[Letter] 1829 Sep. 1, Winchester, Tennessee [to] William Hall / Micah Tane : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Tane, Micah

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Date: September 1, 1829
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter dated September 1, 1829 from Micah Tane, writing from Winchester, Tennessee, to the acting governor of the state, William Hall. In the letter he tells the governor of the brutal murder of his son Thomas P. Tane by Rufuss K. Anderson. He asks the governor to use his position and influence to assist in the apprehension of Anderson, believed to be in Alabama.
Collection:Governor William Hall Papers
Document: sl602

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Winchester, Ten [Tennessee].
Sept [September]. 1st 1829 His Excellency William Hall
acting Governor of the State of Tennessee

My son Thomas P. Tane , was most cruelly murdered, in this place on the 24th instant by Rufuss K. Anderson of Alabama

The Murderer and the deceased, were personally strangers to each other__

My son was confident from the first that the wound was mortal; & solemnly stated on his dying bed, that when he saw the Murderer approaching him he supposed he was a madman, and that he went into the house, at the door of which he was standing toward him that he did not see the Pistol untill [until] it was within two or three feet of his body__ He then threw forward his hand to get hold of it__ & at the same moment his right the Murderer fired__ His right arm was burned between the hand & wrist, by the fire from the pistol. The Murderer has fled, & I pray your Excellency, to address the Governors of the several States, particularly Alabama to cause harm to be apprehended & brought to justice Micah Tane

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I further state from the information of others, which I believe to be true, that there is no doubt of the part, that the Murderer came from Perkins County Alabama , to this place for the express purpose of committing the murder. His father & other relations reside in this place & its neighborhood The night before his arrival home, I am informed & believe, he stayed at the home of Tho [Thomas] Miller Eqr [Esquire] in Alabama, distant about 25 miles from this place__ At which time & place, he had no [unclear: portman team ], in saddle bags or baggage of any description He was travelling on Horseback.
M [Micah]. Tane .

Micah Tane, this day personally appeared before the undersigned justice of the peace of said county & made oath that the within & above statements are true [unclear: Saml norwood JP ]

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His Excellency William Hall acting Govr [Governor] of the State of Tennessee

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