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1st item: War of 1812 era ALS. One page handwritten letter from Governor of Tennessee Willie Blount (1767/68-1835), third Governor of TN from 1809 to 1815, Nashville, TN, to Major William Berkeley Lewis (1784-1866), Quartermaster Department, dated September 9, 1814. The letter outlines a request by Blount for Lewis to "…furnish on or before the 20th Instant at Fayetteville & the nece[s]sary camp equipage, hospital stores, contingencies, fuel, tools and transportation, for one thousand five hundred Militia Infantry of this state, ordered into the services of the United States for six months, who will rendezvous at Fayetteville on that day and be commanded by Brigadier Genl. Nath[aniel] Taylor Willie Blount" with additional inscription reading "Majr. Wm. B. Lewis [Department Quarter Master]." Later ink inscription en verso. 10" H x 8" W. 2nd item: Archibald Roane (1759/60-1819), second Governor of TN, serving from 1801 to 1803, signed Bill of Exception, written in regard to a case between Samuel Walker and John Vent, most likely in his capacity within the Tennessee circuit judgeship, dated March 1814. Signed "Archibald Roane" en verso of bifolium document. 10 1/4" H x 16" W. 3rd item: TN Governor Joseph McMinn (1758-1824), fourth Governor of TN from 1815 to 1821, and Daniel Graham, TN Secretary of State from 1818 to 1830, signed Justice of the Peace bifolium commission document issued to Robert Moore and John Link of Washington County, dated July 29, 1820, Signed "Jos. McMinn" lower right and countersigned "Daniel Graham" lower left. 10" H x 15 1/2" W. 4th item: ALS. One page handwritten letter signed by TN Governor William Carroll (1788-1844), fifth Governor of TN twice, from 1821 to 1827 and again from 1829 to 1835, no location but likely Nashville, TN, addressed to Mississippi Governor Abram Marshall Scott (1785-1833), seventh Governor of MS, serving from 1832 until his death, Jackson, MS, dated circa 1832. The letter discusses the need for TN and MS to "run the line" in terms of having the state lines evaluated by surveyors. Carroll suggests that the surveyors begin at Memphis "…with a view that the work may be accomplished before the wet weather sets in…" Signed "Wm. Carroll" lower right of last page, with additional inscription reading His Excellency A. M. Scott, Jackson, Mi[s]si[s]sippi." lower left of last page. 9 7/8" H x 8 1/8" W. 5th item: ALS. One page handwritten letter signed by TN Governor William Carroll, Nashville, TN, addressed to Thomas Washington, Esquire, no location but likely Nashville, TN, dated October 8, 1827. The brief letter informs Washington that Carroll will take the deposition of Nathaniel Coxe to the courthouse in New Orleans on Friday, November 9, "…to be read in evidence…in the circuit court of Davidson County where in Coldwell & Botts are plaintiffs and Carroll & Whiting are defendants where you may attend and cross examine…" Signed "Wm. Carroll" lower right. Ink inscription indicating that a copy of this message had been delivered to Washington on October 9, 1827, en verso. 6 3/8" H x 7 7/8" W. 6th item: ALS. One double-sided page bifolium letter signed by TN Governor Newton Cannon (1781-1841), eighth Governor of TN from 1835 to 1839, Executive Department, Nashville, TN, addressed to Kentucky Governor James Clark (1779-1839), 13th Governor of KY, dated December 10, 1837. The letter primarily discusses the "…improvement of the Cumberland River, a subject deeply interesting to both states…" Signed "N. Cannon" lower right of last page, with additional inscription reading "His Excellency James Clark" lower left of last page. Addressed to Clark with a black Nashville, TN postmark stamp dated December 11 and later ink inscriptions, en verso. 9 7/8" H x 16" W. 7th-8th items: One (1) arrest warrant and one (1) ALS, both signed by TN Governor James Chamberlain Jones (1809-1859), tenth governor of TN from 1841 to 1845. The arrest warrant, issued to the Governor of MS, states that Thomas Hill of Davidson County, TN "…fled from justice & is now running at large in the State of Mi[s]si[s]sippi…" and that he should be safely delivered to William A. Hagan when he is caught, dated February 2, 1843. Signed "James C. Jones" and countersigned by John S. Young, TN Secretary of State from 1839 to 1847, lower center. The one page letter was written by Jones in Nashville, TN, addressed to an unknown recipient, dated August 6, with an illegible year and is signed "James C. Jones" lower right. Warrant: 10 1/8" H x 8" W. Letter: 10" H x 8" W. 9th item: ALS. One page handwritten letter signed by TN Governor Aaron Venable Brown (1795-1859), 11th Governor of Tennessee from 1845 to 1847, and as United States Postmaster General from 1857 until his death in 1859, "At Office" likely in Nashville, TN or Washington, D.C., illegibly addressed to the Secretary of the Navy or to someone in his office, undated, likely written during his tenure as Governor or Postmaster General. The letter is written in regard to a Mr. Wate McNairy from Tennessee who is currently in the Secretary of the Navy's employment and states that "…in respect of personal habits & clerkly qualifications you must cherish him…" Signed "Aaron V. Brown" lower right. 8 1/8" H x 5 1/8" W. 10th item: TN Governor Aaron Venable Brown signed bifolium document authorizing the Sheriff or Coroner or other Officer authorized to hold an election in Smith County, TN permission to hold an election due to the death of the Honorable Joseph H. Peyton, Representative in the Congress of the United States for the Eighth District in TN, dated December 14, 1845. Signed "Aaron V. Brown" lower right, and countersigned by John S. Young, TN Secretary of State, lower center. 10 7/8" H x 16 3/4" W. 11th item: TN Governor Neill Smith Brown (1810-1886), 12th Governor of Tennessee from 1847 to 1849, signed Justice of the Peace commission document issued to John Miller of Giles County, dated June 3, 1848, Signed "N.S. Brown" lower right. 10" H x 8" W. 12th item: TN Governor William Bowen Campbell (1807-1867), 14th governor of Tennessee from 1851 to 1853, signed commission document acknowledging that John S. Morris has been elected to the position of Chancellor for the Middle Division of TN, dated March 1, 1852. Signed "WB Campbell" lower right and countersigned by W. B. A. Ramsey, TN Secretary of State from 1847 to 1855. Ink inscription by Brier, dated March 5, 1852, en verso. 10 7/8" H x 8 1/2" W. 13th-16th items: Four (4) ALS. Handwritten letters signed by future or former TN Governors, including two (2) letters from Neill Smith Brown, one (1) dated August 15, 1860, and one (1) dated July 24, 1861; one (1) letter from William Trousdale (1790-1872), 13th governor of Tennessee from 1849 to 1851, dated July 5, 1852; and one (1) letter from William Brimage Bate (1826-1905), 23rd governor of Tennessee from 1883 to 1887, dated June 24, 1853. Ranging in size from 5 1/8" H x 7 1/2" W to 10" H x 7 7/8" W.
PROVENANCE: By descent from the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: Paper ephemera items with tears, areas of loss, dampstaining, foxing spots, toning, later ink or pencil inscriptions, and general handling wear to be expected from age and manner of use. Letters do not include envelopes, some are addressed and postmarked. 4th item: Top portion of letter is not present, however, the main body of the letter is extant. Separated along the right vertical fold line. 6th item: Two pieces of old scotch tape repair, largest 4 1/4" x 3/4", to lower half of fold line.