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Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 561

10 pcs 19th c. TN Ephemera, incl. Governor Signed

Estimate: $500 - $550

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1st item: 1806 letter sent from William Dunlop, Hackettstown, New Jersey to James V. Anderson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania inquiring about the worth of goods including tea in Tennessee. The letter was 9 5/8" H x 15" W. Note: Although this letter is addressed to Anderson in Philadelphia, he was a resident of Jonesborough, TN and was the first named clerk of the circuit court there. 2nd-3rd items: 1808 envelope and letter sent from Thomas A. Helms, Hackettstown, New Jersey to his uncle James V. Anderson, Esq., Jonesborough, TN. The letter describes a debt owed to Helms and his uncle by Mark Thomson, and which Helms worries will not be promptly repaid. 4th item: 1813 Blount County, TN handwritten legal document recording the deposition of Daniel Owens in regard to the suit brought by Mathew Rhodes against John R. Blackwell. Owens states that " or about the year one thousand eight hundred he sold to John R Blackwell a tract of land of three hundred acres being in Albemarle County in the State of Virginia for four hundred and fifty pounds [dollars is crossed out] and for the said payment thereof he the said Blackwell gave him Mathew Rhodes for security and when the money became due Blackwell was not able to pay it..." Attested by John Waugh and John Wallace, Justices of the Peace. Additionally signed in verso by Wallace and by Blount County Clerk James Houston's deputy, William Lowry. 13 1/2" H x 15 1/4" W. 5th item: 1818 Knox County, TN document handwritten by William Rogers, Chaplain, recording his travel from Knoxville to Camp Ross, Fort Armstrong, and his return, for which he is reimbursed 39 dollars. Certified en verso and signed by John A. Gamble, Deputy to Knox County Clerk Charles McClung. With embossed seal en verso, upper left. 6 1/2" H x 7 3/4" W. 6th item: 1826 printed summons directing the Sheriff of Rhea County, TN, to summon John Halland, James Kelly, and Jacob Brower to appear at the courthouse in Washington, TN, to testify in a case between James Swan and William Randolph. Signed by Rhea County Clerk John Locke. 6 3/8" H x 7 5/8" W. 7th item: 1832 Greene County, TN handwritten Deed of Conveyance between James Williams and William Alison recording the purchase for the sum of 150 dollars "a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county aforesaid [Greene] on the South side of Nolachuky [sic] River on the waters of Camp Creek." Attested by John Ellison and Robert H. Ellison and signed by James Williams. Additionally signed en verso by Greene County Registrar S. E. Burnett. 12" H x 15 6/8" W. 8th item: 1832 White County, TN printed document commissioning Stephen Holland to execute and fulfill the duties of White County Justice of the Peace. Signed by Tennessee Governor William Carroll (1788-1844) and Secretary of State Samuel G. Smith (1794-1835). Printed by the Republican and Gazette Office, Nashville. 9 1/2" H x 15 1/2" W. 9th item: 1850 Washington County, TN handwritten legal document executed by William Patterson to W. R. [William Robertson] Sevier and related to an 1848 Deed of Trust pertaining to "certain houses and lots being in town of Jonesborough, county and state aforesaid and upon certain horse beasts, as well as other property" and seeking "to secure the payment of certain debts therein stated to be due to the firm of Gammon and Vance, Wm K. Vance & Co, Stephenson & Dosser and to William G. Gammon." With descriptions of and details concerning the lots and properties. Signed and attested en verso by these parties, including Sevier, with additional inscriptions and signatures by County Clerk W. H Smith and County Registrar Philip Parks. On blue paper with Eagle Mills, Suffield embossed seal, upper left. 12 3/8" H x 15 1/4" W. Note: William Robertson Sevier was the grand-nephew of John Sevier. 10th item: 1882 poster advertising East Tennessee public speaking appointments for Leonidas Campbell Houk, the Republican nominee for United States Congress. Printed by T. Haws, Knoxville. Note: Between 1878 and 1891, L.C. Houk was elected to seven consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. 12 1/2" H x 9 1/2" W.


Items with tears, areas of loss, dampstaining, foxing spots, toning, later ink or pencil inscriptions, and general handling wear commensurate with age and manner of use. 3rd and 5th items with tape stabilization and repairs.

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