Tennessee Documentary History
  Multiple Collection Search     View bookbag 
your bookbag has 0 items 

Title:[Letter] 1839 February 23, Greeneville [i.e., Greenville], Ten[nessee] [to] Thomas E. Abernathy, [Giles County, TN] / M.S. Temple: a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Temple, M. S.

This work is the property of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text. For all other use contact the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312. (615) 741-2764.

Date: February 23, 1839
Extent: 2p
Summary:This is a letter from M.S. Temple to Thomas E. Abernathy dated February 23, 1839. Temple comments on how nice the weather has been and how blessed he is that all his family and friends are doing well. He writes about the trial of James McCaw, who was found guilty of murdering Jonas Bowers and the great excitement that surrounded the trial. Temple also writes that if the man, Mr. Loveless, who takes care of their land does not do more work, that Abernathy should discharge him.
Collection:Abernathy Papers
Folder:F 13

Page [1]  view page image

[added: }]

Greeneville [Greenville] Ten [Tennessee] Febuary [February] 23d,, 1839.
Dear Sir

I gladly embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines and moore [more].— I arrived home on the 9 [9th] day after I left your house; though I had some vary [very] cold weather & Ruff [Rough] Roads to travel over. My wife & family are well; so also are my friends generly [generally] in this neighbourhood [neighborhood]. For those best of all favors we certanly [certainly] ought to be truely thankfull [truly thankful]; We have had some vary [very] fine we[added: a]ther since I got home for the season of the year, if it has been as fin [fine] in your section in proportion to the climate I should judge you wore allmost [were almost] Ready to go to planting. On Thursday week last was comenced [commenced] the trial of James McCaw in this County charged with the murder of Jonas Bowers ; This trial was certanly [certainly] the most interesting that I ever witnessed in my life; the testimony being wholy circumstantiel [wholly circumstantial], hundreds upon hundreds of citezens [citizens] crowded the Court house during the protracted trial of 8 days but notwithstanding the many attempts to bribe witnesses & all the magic arts that the able council could bring to their assistance the Jury brought in their verdict of Guilty; Guilty; in the first degree. The blood of an inocent [innocent] and unoffending man cries from the our Mother earth for vengence [vengeance]; may this be a warning to the rising generation. Pe[added: r]haps before this shall have reached you; you may have made some arrangements for the sale of our land if so write to me as soon as you can

Page [2]  view page image

Tell Mr Loveless unless he is willing to repare [repair] all the fences & clean up the brier thickets &c [et cetera] & put the land on at least 2/3 of it [unclear: oats ] he d had best get an other [another] home; as for the rent it is nothing much any way [anyway] & should you meet with an opportunity of setling [settling] he [added: will] not then be in the way —

Give my best respect to your family & except [accept] the same for yourself from

M,, S,, Temple
To Thos,, [Thomas] E,, Abernathy —[added: }]

A product of DLPS
To comment or inquire about content, contact UTK Special Collections
To report errors, contact UTK Special Collections