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Franklin, Lawson D.: [Letter] 1836 Feb. 8 [to] Col[onel] John Roper, Dandridge, Tennessee / L[awson] D. Franklin

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Feb [February] 8th 1836

Col [Colonel] John Roper
Dr [Dear] Sir

there is a great anxiety with the people for me to offer for Col. it is thought that Majr [Major]. [unclear: Mions ] will offer he will be hard to beat though my Opinion is I can beat him if we both run it will produce great Excitement & every exertion will be made to beat me as he will be blaimed [blamed] by the friends of fine and myself by the opposite side though I have greater Claims to Fines friends than he can harm I have always supported them except for sheriff last I then voted for Mcmahhan and we lost our Election by 13 votes My Friends Claim me to run for Col they say I am the only man that Can beat the opposite side and if I do not run they say I will treat them (unclear) [added: worse] than they treated me in my last Election, know sir I want you to advise me as you would a son my calculation is to settle down in New Port to Business & I want to act so as to [unclear: Commissioned ] with my Interest as well as my popularity write me a line by the by & inform me when the Elections will come on for military officers

Yours very Respectfully &C. [et cetera]
L. [Lawson] D. Franklin

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Col. John Roper Dandridge Ten [Tennessee]

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