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Title:[Legal] 1829 Sep. 23, Sumner County, Tenn[essee, to] Butler Peyton / Peter W. Martin : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Martin, Peter W.

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Date: September 23, 1829
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a legal statement by Doctor Peter W. Martin. It is dated September 23, 1829 and is signed by the Justice of the Peace Meredith Hodges, as well as jurors. He is asserting his innocence in the death of a patient.
Collection:Governor William Hall Papers
Document: sl606

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State of Tenn [Tennessee] Sumner County Septr [September] 23rd 1829

I do hereby certify that some time last winter or spring (not now recolected [recollected]) I was called to see Mr. Andrew Dinning when I reach him I found [added: him] in great pain; the pain oregenating [originating] from his hand I enquired of Mr. Dinning what had applied to the wound (that is his finger) Mr Dinning informed me that he had been teaching school from monday untill [until]wensday [wednesday], I think at which time his finger pained him some more than it had done, he Mr Dinning told me that his finger was mattering verry [very] well and the matter look healthy Mr Dinning informed that old Mr Dorris came over to see him and applied to his finger seder [cedar] oil he stated that as soon as the oil was applied it gave him great pain in some short time after the application his finger swelled to sutch [such] degree that it buried the string which confined the [unclear: lining ]

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[unclear: that ] confined the seder oil to his finger [unclear]entirely in the flesh his finger never matted any more after the application mortification progressed verry fast after the application of the oil It is my opinion that the applying the seder oil to the inflammed [inflamed] finger of Mr. Dinning was a great agent in taking of his life I further state that if Mr. Dinning & his father mother and some other wold [would] have permitted an amputation Mr. Dinning wold have stood a good many chances to have lived but they were anxious for his boddy [body] to go with his arm from what Mr Dinning told me he must have acted verry imprudently after he recd [received] the wound

Peter W. Martin
[added: Sworn to and subscribed
before me the day &
date above within
Meredith Hodges JP [Justice of the Peace] ]

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Butler Peyton Esqr [Esquire] Gallatin Tenn
[added: Mr Bush ]

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[added: We whose names are hereunto subscribed having heard read the within affidavit of Dr. P. [Doctor Peter] W. Martin, do state that if said evidence had been before us on the trial that we should have found the Deft. [Defendant] not guilty__]

AR Wynne L. Winchester C,, Vinson Peter J. Byron Charles [unclear: Luis ] Samuel [unclear: Clearey ] John Wilson John James Jno [unclear: Naugham ]

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