PETITION TO APPOINT COMMISSIONERS IN CHARLESTON

Year 1853, Petition Number 23_

[The cover sheet shows that the petition was referred to the Committee on Judiciary 21st Feb. 1854. The clerk has added:

"The Committee on the Judiciary are of opinion that the Legislature has no power to grant the relief prayed for by the petitioners. J.B. Cooke[?]"]

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, Now in Session:

The memorial of the undersigned citizens of Charleston, in the County of Bradley, in the state of Tennessee, and others interested.

Respectfully represent to your Honorable boday, that the greater section of land on which Charleston is located, as at the time of the opening of the Entry Taker's Office in the Ocoee District, in the occupancy of some seventeen persons, & by virtue of their presumption right, entered the same - laid out the town into some one hundred & sixty lots, which were at public auction sold the the highest bidder - and three persons were appointed commissioners for the purpose of making titles to the lots, subsequently one of said Commissioners removed from the Country, another departed this life, and the third declined execut ing titles, and at this time is lying at the point of death. Many of said lots have been transferred from one to another, and no good or perfect title to the[m] has been, nor can be exectued.

Now therefore your memorialist most respectfully request your Honorable body, to appoint commissioners for the purpose of executing titles to lots in the premises aforesaid - or in any manner as may in your wisdom deem best and as in duty your memorialists will pray & etc. Feb. 16th, 1854

S.S. Stout

W.H. Hammond

H.B. Henegar

T.D. Knight

Wm. Bryant

 

J.L. McAllister

 

James Blackburn

 

J.R. Aiken

Thos J. Knox

B. McCarty

Thos. A. McCarty

Wm. Brittain

Wm. B. Johnston

J.H. Ball

 

H. Graves

 

J.B.[?] Graves

 

M.L. Aiken

 

J.W. Aiken

 

James M. Knox

 

James B. Bain

 

S.S. Barrett

 

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PETITION PROTESTING PEDDLERS

Year 1853, Petition Number 59_

[This petition was referred to the Committee on Ways & Means Dec. 7, 1853. The clerk's notes on the cover sheet reads: "The Committee on Ways & Means have had this petition under consideration and recommend that they prayer of the petition be granted. W.J. Sykes[?]"]

To the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee Now in Session

Your petitoners citizens of Bradley County Tennessee, would respectfully represent that they are "Merchants" in trade in the Town of Cleveland.

They would further represent that the revenue laws of this State, requires them to pay Taxes for their Privileges, which they do not complain of.

They would further represent that their County & Country have lately been _invaded_ by numerous "Hawkers and Pedlers" who are _not_ _Citizens_ of this State. And who evade the revenue laws of this State, and thereby interfere with the regular trade of the "local Merchant."

We would most respectfully sugest that your honerable body take such steps as in your wisdom will meet and remedy the Evil by suppressing, or confining the privilege to Citizens of our own State under a more specific regulation,

We are verry respectfully Yr Obt Svts

Cleveland Ten.

Decr. 3rd 1853

J.M. Craigmiles & Co.

D.C. Kenner

R.M. Swan

Jonas Hoyl

 

W.H. & R.J. Grant

 

J.M. & E.F. Johnston

 

G.W. Parks

 

L.B. & V. Miller

 

C.H. Mills & Co.

 

C.L. Hardwick & Co.

 

Saml. K. King

 

B.W. Patty & Son

 

W.K. Pickens

 

Hudgins, Wells & Johnson

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PETITION TO CHANGE CIVIL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES_Year 1855, Petition Number 2

[Envelope is addressed to "M.E.G[?] Riley in Cear of Wm. Richmon." The Clerk has added: "Read 1st time & preffered to Com. on New Counties, County lines."]

Aug. 25, 1855

We the under sined Citizens of Bradley Cty & State of Tennessee & of the 3 Civil District of the Cty Afore Said doo per tishon the honor Able Boddy of the Legislature of the State Afore said to devide the third Civil District of said County & run the line East & West thrue the Senter or as near as Convenant withe the Lines & the north end to Bee the 13 district Y to Appoint three Citizen of the now e District to diveded. And for the place of holding Elictions We her give you the naming of three Citizens well quallified to fill that Station. Wm. Hum Bard, Esq. Henry Kinser, Esq. John T.[?] Matthis & furnish us with Books for two new Jestises of the Peas with an order to the Sherriff to open & hold an election in each district for one Jestis of the Peas & Constable in the south end wilkis[?] the 3 district.

G.W. Rains

J.N. Gilbert

A.H. Fisher

J. Roges J.

R.B. Gilbert

Gillean[?]

J.C. Rogers

G.W. Gilbert

J.A. Matthis

P.W. Rogers

Wm. Laleky

W.A. Hix

B.B.S. Sanders

R. Menken[?]

W. Bond

J.T. Mathis

G.C. Highbarger

J. Leonard

Wm. Harrill

J.M Gess

J.B. Lambdin

P. White

H. Stonechipher

D. Stewart, Jr.

B.C. White

A. Hues

D. Stewart Cen.

S.H. White

A. Lacy

E.S. Sutherland

E. Morton

H.T. Hawkins

J. Ray

S.T. Ray

M. Roland

J. Helter Bran

A. Smith

J. Green

D. High Barger

J. Westmoreland

Wm. Richmon

J. High Barger

A.J. Liner[?]

H. Kirby

Johnathan White

J. Liner[?]

R. Carson

Robert Huffman

S.D. Richmon

A.J. Carson

Wm. Horner

W.C. Richmon

D. Hooker

John High Barger

Wm. Briten

J. Rice[?]

 

G.C. Gilbert

Wm. Parkes

 

[Note: all signatures appear to be written by same hand]

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PETITION TO MAKE THE HIWASSEE RIVER NAVIGABLE

Year 1855, Petition Number 29_

[This petition was referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements]

To the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, now in Sesssion.

The Memorial of the undesigned citizens of the Counties of Polk, McMinn, Bradley & Meigs, Respectfully represents to your honorable body, that a spirit of internal improvement is disseminating itself among the people of our great Commonwealth, that we believe in its vast importance and glorious results in every way augmenting the value of land and the product of the same, and as government was instituted for the promotion of the public good, we flatter ourselves that the legislature, having the power under the Constitution, will look favorably upon the application herein set forth, and make a suitable appropriation for the accomplishment of the same, to wit, an appropriation of money enough to clear the Hiwassee River of all obstructions impeding the successful navigation of the same, by light draught steamers, from its mouth, to the Chilhowee mountain, a distance by land of about thirty miles, and whereas at a former session of your Honorable body and appropriation was made, and the fund laid out & expended for said purpose, it is believed no very large amount, at this time, would be required.

However, of late years it has been found that all the water courses in the Country have greatly diminished in their bulk or colum of water, on which account, is will be found perhaps, that several places heretofore of sufficient depth, will now be found very shallow.

This is merely a suggestion, the Representatives from this section of the state can furnish particulars for your action, not deeming it important in a communication of this kind to specity all that may be important for your action, as much of which will be furnished through other sources.

Trusting in the magnaminity & liberality of your honorable body, your memorialists will every pray & etc.

A.P. McClatchy

T.D. Knight

John M. Bates

Samuel Kelly

A.M. King

Henry Smith

W.D. Haynes

H.B. Henegar

James M. Knox

S.D. Stout[?]

John Scarboro

James Blackburn

C. H. Senter

Richard Wilson

Wm. J. Johnston

J.P. Norris

D. Varnell

John Dunnavant

Thos. Rogers

C.C. Calwell

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_PETITION TO MAKE THE HIWASSEE RIVER NAVIGABLE_

(continued)

 

H.M. McElrath

T.B. Wright

C.C. --vite[?]

J. Cate

W.P. Caldwell

 

John Hawfield[?]

 

A.S. Bolton

 

T.L. Coldwell

 

T.A. Rowes[?]

 

C.M. Liner

 

Jacob Lory[?]

 

W.W. Varnell

 

W.L. Lafferty

 

W.P. Varnell

 

J.S. Varnell

 

Wesley A Nuns[?]

 

Wm. A. Stute[?]

 

Levi Conley

 

Howell Ashly

 

Titus Delany

 

G.W. Norvill

 

Briant Corrender[?]

 

B. Bain

T.D. Stout

S.S. Barrett

Thos. Loyd

M.A. Peine

Jabez Henderson

R.L. Graves

John Shields

Jas W. Steel

W. Norvel

P.M. Workman

M. Cate

John Pickens

 

P. Dacus

 

Ben McCary

 

R.R. McBrien

 

John Brown

 

William C. Shelton

 

Rusell C. Bates

 

E. Ballinger

R.J.F. Callaway

H.B. Heywood

John S. Freeman

J.N. Akins

A.B. Graves

William Knox

M.A. Pierce

J.T. Bates

J.W. Fyffe

J.W. Mee

J.B. Graves

E.W. Roderick

G.W. Llexander

S.D. Outlaws

David Pearce

Daniel Pattishall

Wm. Rogers

J. Marcus[?] McCarty[?]

B.F. Martin

Sam. S. Rhodes

W.F. Martin

F.A. Hantz[?]

Harvey Wilson

Stpehen W. CrawleyPage

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SECOND PETITION TO MAKE THE HIWASSEE RIVER NAVIGABLE

Year 1855, Petition Number 29

[This petition was apparently enclosed with the previous petition and is on the same topic. There was no separate cover sheet for this petition.]

To the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee. Your petitioners would represent to your honorable body, that the Hiwassee River, passing through the County of Polk from the big Savannah farm in said County, to Charleston Bradley County, is a stream well suited to navigation, the same running between these points is surrounded by a productive soil and not far distant from a mineral region of vast wealth especially of copper ore upon said stream from Gen. Gambles landing to Charleston large quantities of ore have been shipped in a steam boat during the rainy season fo the year but owing to obstructions that exist in said stream, it cannot but for a small portion of the year be rendered available for the purposes of navigation, by the removal of which obstruction it could be rendered at all times navigable and threby greatly facilitate the agricultural and mineral interest of E Tennessee. In consideration of the premises, your petitioners ask your honorable body to make an appropriation of some suitable sum to be applied under the direction of commissioners appointed for the purpose to the cleaning out of said river herein before named, from the Savannah Polk County, to Charleston Bradley County Tennessee.

ued.

Now therefore your memorialist most respectfully request your Honorable body, to appoint commissioners for the purpose of executing titles to lots in the premises aforesaid - or in any manner as may in your wisdom deem best and as in duty your memorial ists will pray & etc. Feb. 16th, 1854

Rufus Mcclary

R.H. Wells

[?] C. Donaldson

P.B. Mayfield

J.A. Bible

Thos. R. McClary

W.B. Reynolds

N.A. Harrison

J.H. Lax[?]

John H. Ditmore

James Hughes

W.C. Reynolds

Denis Hoskings

John B. Cate

James M.R. Hannah

W.B. Wright

Abraham Lowe

Wm. E. McConnell

W.P. Pursley

Robt. N. Fleming

G.W. Harrison

 

James Smith

Zachariah Rod[dy?]

N.J. Hughes

George J. Ward

John J. Parker

M. Mattock

John Norman

Silvester Blackwell

James H. Leming

L. Runion

D.O. Haskins

C. Lowery

Samuel Duggan

A.B. Nelson

William Morgan[?]

A.J. Straton

James[?] Gamble

J. Quiner[?]

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SECOND PETITION TO MAKE THE HIWASSEE RIVER NAVIGABLE_

(continued)

 

 

 

James H. Ledford

T.M. Carden

J.T. Stevenson

J.W. Cox

W.R. Smith

G.W. Orr

John Smith

Elias Gibson

C.W. McClary

James Lauderdale

John S. Hodge[?]

Wm. S. Haynie, Sr.

Moses Parks[?]

Jas. S. Vaughan

John Lea

Tho. Jonson

Wm. Mayfield

Abraham Lillard

E.P. Chastain

A. Rolin

Joseph M. Alexander

H.B. Cawood

Peter Brown

Isaac Smith

John Crawford

Wm. Donalson

J.L. McClary

M[?] L. Gold

I.S. Land

Laurel[?] Gee

Norman Land

J.M. Smith

Jas. Sweton

Young Davis

James Parks

H.M. Dixon[?]

A.P. Crawford[?]

Johnson Smith[?]

James Fleming

J. Mayfield

A.P. McClary

J. Igou[?]

Joseph Runions

C.T. Spirlar[?]

H. Spirlar

J.H. Atkins

J. Wamak

W.A. Denton

W.H. Maples

George Cloud

Alex Deliker

Thos. M. Lauderdale

Daniel Horton

Erby Boyd, Jr.

Thomas A. Hannah

Myron Rogers

R.W. McClary

Jessey Tinker

James Hickey

W.H. McKamy

Lazarus Poteet

J.H. Hannah

H.P. Kimsey

John A. Sloan

Benjamin Mann

J.H. Dobson

Philmer W. Green

Samuel Dunn

A.V. Hannah

John Mayfield

William Knox

R.C. Dobson

C.M. Jordan

Michael Hawkins

John B. Cox Sr.

James Ware

S.S. Stout

W.H. Hammond

H.B. Henegar

T.D. Knight

Wm. Bryant

 

J.L. McAllister

 

James Blackburn

 

J.R. Aiken

Thos J. Knox

B. McCarty

Thos. A. McCarty

Wm. Brittain

Wm. B. Johnston

J.H. Ball

 

H. Graves

 

J.B.[?] Graves

 

M.L. Aiken

 

J.W. Aiken

 

James M. Knox

 

James B. Bain

 

S.S. Barrett

 

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PETITION PROTESTING PEDDLERS

Year 1853, Petition Number 59_

[This petition was referred to the Committee on Ways & Means Dec. 7, 1853. The clerk's notes on the cover sheet reads: "The Committee on Ways & Means have had this petition under consideration and recommend that they prayer of the petition be g ranted. W.J. Sykes[?]"]

To the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee Now in Session

Your petitoners citizens of Bradley County Tennessee, would respectfully represent that they are "Merchants" in trade in the Town of Cleveland.

They would further represent that the revenue laws of this State, requires them to pay Taxes for their Privileges, which they do not complain of.

They would further represent that their County & Country have lately been _invaded_ by numerous "Hawkers and Pedlers" who are _not_ _Citizens_ of this State. And who evade the revenue laws of this State, and thereby interfere with the regular trade of the "local Merchant."

We would most respectfully sugest that your honerable body take such steps as in your wisdom will meet and remedy the Evil by suppressing, or confining the privilege to Citizens of our own State under a more specific regulation,

We are verry respectfully Yr Obt Svts

Cleveland Ten.

Decr. 3rd 1853

J.M. Craigmiles & Co.

D.C. Kenner

R.M. Swan

Jonas Hoyl

 

W.H. & R.J. Grant

 

J.M. & E.F. Johnston

 

G.W. Parks

 

L.B. & V. Miller

 

C.H. Mills & Co.

 

C.L. Hardwick & Co.

 

Saml. K. King

 

B.W. Patty & Son

 

W.K. Pickens

 

Hudgins, Wells & Johnson

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PETITION TO CHANGE CIVIL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES

Year 1855, Petition Number 2

[Envelope is addressed to "M.E.G[?] Riley in Cear of Wm. Richmon." The Clerk has added: "Read 1st time & preffered to Com. on New Counties, County lines."]

Aug. 25, 1855

We the under sined Citizens of Bradley Cty & State of Tennessee & of the 3 Civil District of the Cty Afore Said doo per tishon the honor Able Boddy of the Legislature of the State Afore said to devide the third Civil District of said County &am p; run the line East & West thrue the Senter or as near as Convenant withe the Lines & the north end to Bee the 13 district Y to Appoint three Citizen of the now e District to diveded. And for the place of holding Elictions We her give you the nam ing of three Citizens well quallified to fill that Station. Wm. Hum Bard, Esq. Henry Kinser, Esq. John T.[?] Matthis & furnish us with Books for two new Jestises of the Peas with an order to the Sherriff to o

J.C. Camp

 

Calvin Sutten

 

G.W. Middlecoff

 

 

 

M.W. Legg

G.W. Lawson

S.D. Bridgman

Isaac Lowe

C.M. Collins

S.Y. Colville

H.E. Dodson

J.T. Middlecoff

L.B. & V. Miller

Rehoboam Anderson

Benjamin Hess

W.R. Davis

L.L. Shugarth

William Grant

S.A.R. Swann

Asa Stamper

L. Shugart

G. Deford

Jno. N. Cowan

H.B. Davis

Jn. Cowan & Bro.

Jacob Goodner

Wm. W. Hawk

Brice Robbins

S.T. Kelley

A.H. Lawson

R. H. McCroskey

John H. Robertson

J.T. Harle

Samuel Gillahan

F.H. Houseley

J. Branaham

John Boone

S.M. Wann

R.R. Harris

James Coffman

F.M. Anderson

W.H. Kenner

A.R. Potts

Geo. Fox

C. McLeod

Theo. Mountcastle

Wm. J. Campbell

E. Spriggs

Elbert Good

James Seaborn

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PETITION TO LEGALLY ESTABLISH OAK GROVE FEMALE ACADEMY

Year 1855, Petition Number 75_

[The cover sheet reads: "Memorial from Bradley County Tenn.

Recd & read Dec. 13th 1855. Masons to control."]

To the General Assembly ))

of the State of Tennessee ))

The memorial of the Trustees of the Female Branch of Oak Grove Academy in Bradley County, and Cleveland Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons No. 134. Would respectfully represent that by an act of the Legislature passed January 19, 1848, the Board of Trustees of Oak Grove Academy were empowered to established a Female department in said Academy to be located in Cleveland, or within one mile of said town, and that one half of the funds due annually from the State to said Academy should be appropriated to the use of said Female Department.

In pursuance of the Act of Assembly to Board of Trustees of the Female Department were duly organized, and under Section 4 of said Act became the purchasers of a lot of ground in Cleveland, and proceeded to erect Buildings thereon for the objects contemplated by the law. But in order the more effectually to concentrate public action upon the subject, and to erect in Cleveland a Female School of a high order, arrangements have been entered by and between the Trustees of said Female Department and Cleveland Lodge No. 134 of Free & Accepted Masons, by which the management of said Female Department, and the funds derivable from the State, are vested in said Lodge.

By written contract entered into between the parties on the 29 day of June last, between the Trustees & the Lodge duly executed and confirmed, for satisfactory consideration to each party, the Trustees conveyed to the Lodge the lot of Ground with the Buildings & etc., in trust for the purpose of establishing a permanent Female School, together with all the necessary conditions, restrictions and details in the due execution of such a contract, the Trustees reserving to themselves the right to take possession of the same in their own right, whenever the said Lodge should cease to maintain such a school, or to carry out the purposes of the agreement.

The premises considered, your memorialists would respectfully ask the Legislature to confirm by a special Act, the doings of the Board of Trustees in the particular, and to convey by Law to the Lodge as aforesaid the management and control of the Academy and funds, buildings ground etc. etc. under the conditions and restrictions as before mentioned.

William Grant, President of the Board of Trustees

of Oak Grove Female Acad.

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PETITION TO LEGALLY ESTABLISH OAK GROVE FEMALE ACADEMY

(continued)

D.C. Kenner, Trustee

Geo. W. Parks, "

R.S. Stuart, Trustee

M.W. Legg, Trustee

Stephen Hempstead, Trustee

Jonas Hoyl

J.W. Robbins

C.M. Bates

John H. Payne

E.F. Johnston

Geo. W. Mayo[?]

Josiah Johnston

C.H. Mills

W.C. Johnston

M.D. L. McCroskey

A.F. Cowan

A.A. Campbell

John G. Brown

H.B. Davis

W.H. Grant

B.D. Thompson

R.J. Grant

James B. Ross

Tho. Campbell

Isaac Law[?]

S.B. Haines

L.L. Bates

John H. Robertson

G.B. Thompson

W.H. Craigmiles

Wm. H. Tibbs

Amos Potts

A.S. Dixon[?]

B.C.N.C.[?] Husson[?]

Livingston Shugart

C.J. Shields

W.T. Gibson

John A. Campbell

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PETITION OF SHERIFF BATES FOR REIMBURSEMENT

Year 1857, Petition Number 27

[Cover sheet is marked: "T.L. Bates Sheriff & Jailer of Sd. Co. asking relief from expenses incurred while locating prisoners."]

To the Legislature of Tennessee, now in session at Nashville, Tennessee. Your Petitioner, Thomas L. Bates, a citizen of Bradley County and State aforesaid, would humbly represent to your Honorable body, that in the year 1853, Richmond Pearson, Joseph Jones, and Joseph Waters were confined in the jail of said Bradley County, on a charge of offering to pass Counterfeit Bank notes, who remained in said confinement until about Oct. 1853, and then broke jail.

And the said Bates, being sheriff and jailer of said Bradley County at that time, offered a reward of fifty dollars each for the apprehension of the defendants; and after that, in the year 1854, having heard by letter from the Sheriff of Mercer County, Kentucky, that the defendant - Waters, was confined in jail at Harrodsburg, the county seat of Mercer, he went there with two of a guard, for the purpose of bringing him back to Bradley County, Tennessee, to stand his trial on the charges preferred against him, and the sheriff and jail or at Harrodsburg refused to give him up; being confined there as they said upon another charge. Said trip to Harrodsburg and back to Cleveland, cost and expenses of the said Bates and guard, was the sum of fifty three dollars, beside about fifteen days each which was lost in traveling which at one dollar per day would be worth forty five dollars. The said Bates further shows to your body, that for all these costs, expenses, and traveling he has paid the cost and expenses out of his own pocket and never received one cent of the same back from the State, county, or any individual, and will have to loose all both cost, expenses, and traveling unless there is an act passed by your Honorable body at your present session, giving the same back to him.

He therefore prays your body to pass such law, giving him the cost, and expenses of said trip, if no more. As he thinks, it would be nothing but justice for the State to pay, officers engaged in doing its business.

And of the your petitioner will ever pray. Feb. 10th 1858.

T.L. Bates

State of Tennessee ))

Bradley County ))

Personally appeared before the undersigned an acting justice of the peace for Bradley County, Thomas L. Bates the foregoing Petitioner, and made oath in due form of law, that the facts therein stated are true, to the best of his knowledge and belief. Sworn to and subscribed before me Feb. 11th. 1858.

Jos. H. Davis, Justice of the Peace for B.C.

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PETITION ABOUT CORRUPT TAX OFFICIALS

Year 1857, Petition Number 37_

The Memmorial of a citizen of Tennessee

To the General Assembly of the same

Your memmorialist would very respectfully represent that whilst your Honorable Body are anxiously engaged in devising a system of Assessing the taxes of this State which shall be as equal & as perfect as possible, a radical error has been entriely overlooked.

Your memmorialist refers to the constant practice under the old laws of the Justices of the Peace in appointing themselves to the offices of Assors. It was evidently intended that the offices of Assessor & Collector of the taxes should not be allowed to be connected with the ballot box, for fear on the one hand, of corrupting its purity, and on the other, of obstructing the faithful performance of Official duty; but this intention of the law is clearly evaded by the Justices uniformly appointing themselves to the Office of Assessor.

From the experience & obseration of "thirty years" as a tax payer, your memmorialist is confirmed in the opinion that more evil has sprung from this indelicate custom - _not law_ - than from all other faults in the revenue system; and that untill human nature greatly improves, it will be utterly impossible to have the reveue laws equally & justly fulfilled unless this custom is abolished.

The reason, your memmorialist thinks, is obvious. Each Justice naturally wishes that his constituents should be taxed as low as those in any other district. This has its influence. He also likes his friends better than his opponants, and this has its influence; and having _no superviser over him but himself_, he does as he pleases; and hense while this custom exists the revenue of the State never has and never will come up to the expectations of the Legislature. And more over that there allways will be just grounds of complaint of unequal taxation.

Your memmorialist therefore entreats your Hon. Body to put a stop to this indelicate practice, the burlesque on elections, wherein a man virtually appoints himself to office. Let this be done, let the Court appoint suitable persons outside of their body to assess the taxes, & let the court act as supervisors. Then, & not till then may you expect the revenue laws to be properly enforced, and fair & even justice be had.

Your memmorialist believes the Justices of the Peace of Tennessee to be a highly respectable class of _men_; but the thinks they are nothing but men. He therefore entreats the General Assembly, and he thinks it the duty of the same, not to place before the Justices any temptation to do wrong. "Lead them not into temptation: is the prayer of, Very respectfully, Your fellow citizen,

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 [signed]

P.J.R. Edwards

of Bradley County, Tenn.

Dec. 5th, 1857

Hon. Mr. Hill of the Senate

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty of sending you the foregoing memmorial, because I have seen that you took an interest in the discussion on the subject to which it relates and manifested a desire to have proper laws enacted in relation to the same. If you think it unworthy of notice, you can throw it aside but while the pen is in my hand I wish to say that from long observation there is no one thing that I am more certain of than that the Justices, making Assessors of themselves is a most fruitful source of injustice. A system of favoritism is shown by perhaps more than half of them. Each one seems to fear that he will be charged with assessing property higher than the Justice in the adjoining district and so we have a regular set to to see which shall be the lowest. The law requiring them to compare their assessments is all a farce, they will be their own suppervisors and so it amounts to nothing at last.

My own opinion is that it matters very little whether you have one, or a dozen Assessors, if they can be exempted from improper influences. But while men appoint themselves to office, and then are the _only_ Judges of thief own official acts, we may expect wrong to be done, a deficient revenue and a dissatisfyed people. I hope you or Mr. Whitthern[?] or some or all of you, will give this subject the consideration that it merrits. I am sure that you cannot fail to see an evill [in] it, and I shall afford myself the satisfaction to believe that you will apply the proper remedy.

Having very little personal acquaintance with you, I will refer you to the Speaker of the Senate for any information that you may wish in regard to your very obedient & Humble Servant,

P.J.R. Edwards

P.S. While writing the above I was under the impression that you was the Mr. hill that was in the legislature some twenty years ago, with whom I had some acquaintance, but I have since learned form Mr. Waterhouse that you are not the same; yet as the communication relates to the public affairs which are before you as a public man. I hope you will excuse me for the freedom I take in sending it to you and that you will give it that consideration and attention that it may deserve. You will perceive that it relates to the custom existing before the late ass[ess]or law, because the Legislature seem disposed to adopt

the old law without amendment. E.

_"_

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PETITION ASKING FOR SMALL CURRENCY TO BE ISSUED

Year 1857, Petition Number 74_

[The cover sheet shows that this petition was referred to the Committee on Banks, which committee asked to be released from further consideration.]

To the Legislature of the State of Tennessee now in session:

The undersigned Petitioners, citizens of Bradley County, respectfully represent to your Honorable body, that if the Bill reported by the committee on Banks be carried into a law, that part of it prohibiting the State Bank from issuing bills less than five dollars will subject your Petitioners to great inconvenience.

Your Petitioners remember that when the Bank was not allowed to issue change bills, it was nearly impossible to make change to pay their taxes, and that scheme of the Bank to remove the difficulty by issuing bills of the denomination of six, sevens, eights and nines, was only a partial remedy and constituted a very inconvenient currency.

Your Petitioner therefore earnestly entreat your Honorable body to allow the State Bank to continue to issue small bills; and further very respectfully request the the State Bank of which your Petitioners claim to be _Stock Holders_, be expempted generally and particularly from the pains and penalties of the Bill now before your Honorable body.

November 28th, 1857

Meredith W. Legg

J.H. Kuhn

Geo. T. Parker

Henry Price

J.R. Brown

F.C. Hardwick

[?] H. Griffith

J.P. Smith

Robert Dean

John Bower[?]

S.M. Roper

Joseph L. Swan

John R. Wooten

B.J. Shields

James Donohoo

C.J. Shields

J.S.[?] Fry[?], Tax Collector

 

A.A. Campbell

 

P.J.R. Edwards

J.C. Starrat

Wm. J. Campbell

W.J. Hughes

J.W. Hicks

James Lauderdale

John H. Payne

Theo. Mountcastle

John Henderson

James C. Airhart

Samuel Hunt

D.G.M. McCulley

John Boon

Joseph Tucker

Willis White

Allison Howard

Edward Cooper

Josiah Johnston

R.S. Stuart

L.H. Reeder

J.G.M. Montgomery

William Grant

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J.M. Craigmiles, _Democrat_

 

W.H. Grant, Notary Public

William Grant

Benj. F. Jones

 

John F. Harger[?]

 

E.F. Johnston

 

G.W. Parks

 

V. Miller

 

A. McNabb

 

Thos. Clark

 

J.D. Langston

 

D. Kincannon

 

C.L. Hardwick

 

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SECOND PETITION ASKING FOR SMALL CURRENCY TO BE ISSUED

Year 1859, Petition Number 4_

To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee

The undersigned Citizens of the County of Bradley respectfully represent to your Honorable Body; That for and during the year 1859 they have suffered great inconvenience in the payment of taxes and in other small dealings for the want to a suitable currency, that since the Bank of Tennessee has been restricted from the issuance of small bills, their place has been supplyed by the small bills of the banks of other states which, for the greater part, are neither convertible nor usable. We cannon pay taxes with them nor exchange them for specie. Discarding therefore all theoretic and merely speculative opinions, and relying for our guide upon actual experience, we most earnestly entreat your Honorable Body to remove from the Bank of Tennessee the restrictions in relation to the issuance of small bills at as early a period as may be practicable.

Oct. 2, 1859

Michael Baugh, J.P.

Isaac Day, J.P.

John C.J. Selvidge, J.P.

D.D. Tylor[?], J.P.

Wm. Blair, J.P.

John Beene[?], J.P.

A.J. Cate, J.P.

James H. Barnett, J.P.

J.F. Larison, J.P.

S.D. Bridgman, J.P.

H.L. Baldwin, J.P.

Tillis[?] White, J.P.

Timothy Haney, J.P.

John Branham, J.P.

James Ware, J.P.

Wm. Humberd, J.P.

T.J. Weir, J.P.

Wm. Keller, J.P.

Wm. Brittain, J.P.

John H. Payne, C.C.C.

Wm. R. Edington, J.P

J.H. Kuhn, Shff.

Wm. J. Campbell, J.P.

Jas. H. Rucker, Clk.

J.W. Igou, J.P.

John McPherson, J.P.

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PETITION ENDORSING LOCAL OPTION ON LIQUOR SALES

Year 1859, Petition Number 20_

[The cover sheet reads: "Memorial on local option in liquor selling, 1859 Bradley Co. Tippling & Tippling Houses 13 Dec. '59. Committee recommended the Rejection. Smith (Ch.)"]

Cleveland Dec. 12th, 1859

R.R. Harris, Esqr.

Sir,

By order of the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Cleveland I send you the following Resolution which was addopted by them Nov. 29th 1859.

Yours Respy,

Samy Y. Brown

Recorder

Resolved

That we the Mayor & Aldermen of the Town of Cleveland express to the Legislature now convened at Nashville thru our representative Mr. R.R. Harris, that we cordially sanction and highly approve of the passage of a certain Bill offered in the State Senate by Mr. Bradford giving to the Incorporated Citties & villages the privilege of Voting upon all applications to Retail Liquor in their corporate limits.

By order of the Board Nov. 29th 1859

Sam Y. Brown

Recorder

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