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4 19th cent. East TN letters, including Charles W. Charlton, editor of Brownlow's "Whig", and John Dickson, brother of William Dickson. 1st item: Charles W. Charlton, Knoxville, TN, editor of William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow's newspaper the "Whig" (1869-1870) letter reading, "Knoxville Tenn/April 30, 1860/Hon W[illiam] M[ontgomery] Churchwell/Washington/D.C./Dr. Sir/Your letter has been received. Your allusions to Mr. [George] Bradfield are just. His course has been anything else than democratic. Brownlow has him under his thumb. He is afraid to speak out, and has deliberately and in apporition [sic] to all advice from his best friends, robbed (?) Johnson all the while. He has refused, again and again, to publish anything from the pen of Johnson. You may rest assured that he is not under the Control of the faction on the Corner, for they are right, all of them, out & out for Johnson. It is Henry Elliot & Graves who seem to be leading him on. With Lewis he has nothing to do. The Tennessee papers have "poured hot shot into him" without stink. He know throws himself upon his dignity and his independence. I am glad, heartily glad, to hear it suggested that there is some possibility that some parties at Washington might be induced to buy the paper, if it could be bought. Will you, in your next, be a little more explicit in the details of this transaction. Who are the parties or party that would be likely to make this investment? What amount would they be likely to want to invest? State everything plainly & distinctly, & let me know all about it. Very Respectfully, C. W. Charlton. Includes contemporary gold metal frame. Sheet – 9 3/4" H x 7 3/4" W. Frame – 11 3/8" H x 8 3/4" W. Mid 19th century. 2nd item: John Dickson (1780/5-1855), brother of William Dickson of the Dickson-Williams Mansion in Greeneville, Greene County, TN, letter reading "Greeneville 6th October 1832/Captain James G Simpson/Dr Sir/I have been expecting for some time to have heard from you-having mentioned to you the last time you were here that I should be glad to have some payments on my claims against you and that I would take a load of ham at any time you had it to spare…please let me know by return of mail if this will meet your convenience-very respectfully your friend J Dickson". Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sheet – 12 1/4" H x 7 3/4" W. Framed – 17 3/4" H x 13 3/4" W. Early 19th century. 3rd item: Samuel Anderson (1805-1849), resident of Sullivan County, TN, letter reading "Blountville 6 August 1837/Dear Sir/J R Fain left home on yesterday and will not return for eight or Ten days he has neglected to answer your letters; he has seen Mi[s]s Evans she said she could not come over to your house for five or six weeks she has been in the habit of charging $1.50 per week…I do not no [sic] of any good lots of bacon for sale…Fain is out trying to buy cattle. Yours with respect Sam Anderson/Jas C. Simpsonn" with later additions. Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sheet – 10 1/2" H x 7 1/2" W. Framed – 16 3/4" H x 13 3/4" W. Mid 19th century. 4th item: William Moore (1791-1854), resident of Cocke County, TN, letter reading "Chucky Bend 20th Decm. 1838/Mr. James Simpson/Dr Sir, I shall be in much in want of Money about the First Monday in January next you will oblige me very much by meeting me at Jonesborough on that day and settleing [sic] your Aje [sic] my family is in Unusual health I hope these lines will meet yours enjoying good health Respectfully William Moore". Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sheet – 9 1/4" H x 7 3/4" W. Framed – 15 1/4" H x 13 3/4" W. Early 19th century. Private Knoxville, Tennessee collection. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall excellent condition. Areas of toning, largest 3 4/", surface of sheet. 3/4" tear, left edge of sheet. 2nd item: Overall good condition. 3rd item: Overall good condition. 4th item: Red sealing wax, visible center of left edge of sheet. Minute foxing spots, scattered on surface of sheet. No items examined outside of frames.