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Martin, William: [Letter] 1818 Feb. 15, Dixon Springs, Tennessee [to] Winchester and Cage, Cairo, Tennessee / William Martin

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15th Feby [February] 1818 Gentlemen

Your favor of the 6th Inst [instant] by my son Brian, was recd [received] in due time, but was not answered by his return to Cairo , quiry [query] to other & prossiry [possible] engagements. I now avail myself of the oppty [opportunity] to inform you, that the explanations given in that letter, respecting my son__ is satisfactory. and I repeat my wish for him to continue in your service. We hear that about 1200 Volunters [Volunteers] appeared at Fayettville , for the purpose of proceeding to the south. Their commander (Col [Colonel] Hayns) declared, he knew not their destination. we also hear, that a large force go from the cherokees __ on the same expedition. That this force is intended to act agst [against] Florida , is inforced [enforced] on the mind by a combination of circumstances, which with me leaves no doubt on the subject.

Our court of pleas & quarter [unclear: sessions ] is organized under the late act of assembly (members) Wilson Cage __ Richd [Richard] Alexander __ Patrick M Erhern __ William Haney , & Branch Nunly . The three first named are good assts [assistants]__ the others might have been lecttured [lectured] However upon the whole, we have done pretty well, and I anticipate much good to result from it. Hoping that any defeats which [unclear: experience ] may discover in the system, will be provided for by the next genl [general] assembly. I am glad

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that the directors of the U [United] States bank have determined to send a branch to Nashville The resolution of Our legislature to the contrary not withstanding. I am also glad [unclear: that ] that the people are well disposed to recieve [receive] it. Should this [unclear: inquir ] the profits of the state banks. What is that to you, or me, or the people gennerally [generally] I say nothing provided a better is substituted__ and that it will be better, I believe now am prepared to deny.

a gentleman late from Huntsville say that, at the late sales of public land there, it averaged $48 per acre and the best not yet sold. If this be true, it baffles a [gap] conjecture.

Congress has at last discharged Col [Colonel] John Anderson from confinment [confinement], with a repremand [reprimand]. This mans tenacity opened a new and wide field for the display of congressional eloquence, & learning__ and which has been well improved. altho [although] much time has on this subject been occupied, which might have been usefully employed in attending to the great concens [concerns] of the nation, It may nevertheless be considered well spent, as it has probably settled that principle forever.

Our family are in health, hoping you & yours are enjoying the like blessing. I say blessings, because it may justly [added: be] ranked among the greatest which this state of existance [existence] affords, and is necessary to [unclear: sustain ] all the risk. without it, life is an unplea

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sent & undesireable [undesirable] thing.

With due respect & high consideration I am gentlemen your most obd Hol Sevt [obedient Honorable Servant]
Wm [William] Martin
[added: [unclear: Major ] Winchester & Cage ]

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Col. [Colonel] William Martin
15th Fey [February] 1818
Dixon Spring Tn
16th Feby [February] 1818
[unclear: Major ] Winchester & Cage Cairo Tennessee

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