Cadet A. P. Maury
West Point, New York
Franklin Tennessee July 16th 1820
Not long since I had the pleasure of reading a letter from you to your
mother, in which you complain of the negligence of your friends in not
writing more frequently.
To exculpate myself from the charge of negligence, and to give you a
general account of late occurrences, as well as confer an obligation on
is the design of the present communication.
Of the few Incidences worth enumeration,
I shall give you a preference of priority to the present call sessions
of the legislature which commenced the 26th of last month & to which
Joel Parrish was elected senator from this county, in consequence of the
resignation of your father.
The principle business of the session is to remedy some discrepancies in
the late land bill,
make some appropriations for the satisfaction of those who may be
injured by the adjustments of the boundary line between this state and
Kentucky and particularly to devise and put in operation some means by
which the pecuniary embarrassments of the country may be alleviated.
The house is now acting on a bill of the latter intent, which was
Grundy and favors the establishment of loan offices through the state
with a Capital stock of $750, thousand, in bills to be warranted by the
proceeds of un appropriated lands & in assurance of which the Public
faith is pledged,
this I think is unconstitutional but not withstanding the bill will
undoubtedly pass. Gen. Jackson has been at
Murphreesborough, and railed out with the loudest declamation against
such an unconstitutional proceeding.
He told the legislators that he would not be surprised if they were
indicted for prugery, and that any 12 honest jurors would convict them,
this excited the indignation of some of them to a high pitch, but no
Huntsman told him the he,el [that hell] be dammed, if he did not make
as much money as he could and spend it too if he chose.
But lets alter the subject and turn upon the Gals a while, for Im sure
a young man whose blood circulates as vigorously as yours must think
about them often and would be glad to hear of them once in a while.
As Sally is the one that pleases us the most lets talk some about her,
she is in the country yet, her brother has come for her, but will not
start down until September, she says that she wont marry me, I say so
too and she will see the time when she will
be very glad to get me, she is a fine and will be a handsome girl.
Thinks a great deal of the ring and much more of the one who presented
And requested me over and over that when I wrote to remember her to you
both amicably and affectionately.
Your Sister is at the legislature with Mrs Parrish, her health is
tolerable, and she has an Alabama beau, viz,
Doctr Anderson a clever Genteel young man, she has kick,d him once, but
he has come to try again and will probably meet the same fate.
Martha is at home quite healthy & your mother is statu Quo.
Your relations are all well except Abram White who has been unwell but
is now on the recovery.
Chapman has not arrived & we have not heard from him since you arrived
at Philadelphia, can you give any account of him? if you can for gods
sake do it for his parents are very uneasy about him. ---
Mary Old was married the other day to young Russel who used to go to the
Harpeth academy. Nothing more but remain your Friend
Fontain Degraffenreid is here, he will go down this fall, is
entirely off with Caroline.
I have some notion of going down this fall.
Autograph of Abram Maury
The author of this letter, Abram Poindexter Maury Sr, 1766 ~ 1825,
is often mentioned as the father of Franklin Tennessee.
Abram P. Maury Sr was a Tennessee State Senator from Williamson County.
As noted in his letter, he had just resigned his office.
He had been appointed as one of three commissioners to superintend the
sale of land that had then been recently acquired from the Cherokee
His wife was Martha Worsham, 1775 ~ 1844.
The addressee of this letter is Abram Poindexter Maury Jr, 1801 ~ 1848.
He later became a member of the U. S. Congress from Tennessee, 1835 ~
His wife was Mary E. T. Claiborne, 1806 ~1852.
Joel Parrish was a cousin of Abram P. Maury Jr.
Grundy is of course, Felix Grundy, the noted jurist and
Huntsman is Adam R. Huntsman, a Tennessee State Senator from the upper
Cumberland region. He was holding office when this letter was written.
John Russell married Mary W. Old, 16 July 1820.
From the Collection of Frederick
Cicular Black Postmark
Tennessee Books and Autographs
A Letter to the Hon. Abram
with Mention of Freeing Slaves
Williamson County Tennessee
~ 1837 ~ © 1997,
Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.
Franklin. Ten . . Nov 27
Hon. Abram P. Maury
Washington City, D.C.
Poplar Grove, Nov. 25th, 1837
My dear Cousin Abram,
Obedient to your request, (in yours from Louisville, I write immediately
on its arrival. Your suit was decided, the Friday after you left, of
which cousin Mary has informed you.
She learned, shortly after she wrote that it was Mr. Meigs intention to
bring suit in behalf of the heirs immediately; she therefore thought it
advisable, and was advised to set them at liberty and acted accordingly.
Mr M. (not knowing how she had proceeded) sent the
sheriff out for their names, and was much displeased to learn that he
had been anticipated.
They had all left for Nashville on yesterday,
excepting Matildas Sam.
Latitia requested that he should stay here until she could let his
mother know that she could get him by sending or coming for him.
Cousin Mary bears her lot like a woman:
Joshua to come and assist his family off without venting any vindictive
animadvertions, or showing the least disposition to do so.
It is thot probable, that all, (together with Joshua) will aim for a
free state and consequently Pinks bondage is considered
insecure, as Joshua is capable of any thing, & he, Pink was advised by
the kind of a white man who moved them off, to go to Nashville
when he chose, telling him that he could also with impunity; also the
overseer expressd some uneasiness the day they left, on account of
Pinks conduct or the manner in which he expresss himself to him.
Therefore cousin Mary wishes you to instruct her how to act in this most
Cousin M has concluded to take Eliza in until she can get another.
Drog & Anderson do extremely well and
things pass off almost as well without Tish as with her.
The overseer is very respectful to Mrs. Maury, & I believe has given no
cause for complaint since your departure.
There are 50,000 lbs. cotton out, and supposed to be 4,000 yet to pick
The weather has been so extremely cold, for the last few days, that the
hands have been kept within doors;
So much for Mr. Alexanders cure for their health.
Cousin Marys foot is entirely well, and I think her throat would be if
she would mind me and not expose her self, but she is sometimes
unruly and then she complains.
Cant you devise some means by which I can bring her into measures? or
rather, within doors when she should not be out?
Your ma is not well; the rest are well & doing well.
Dr. Reid has removed to the Campbells late residence, Sally & Molly are
quite pleased with their new home. They learn finely.
Tell Tommy, Sane says "if she is not to busy she will got before her" &
tell Tommy I say if she does not write to me I will not think of her so
often, nor love her so much.
Zebulun has gone to Alabama. Cousin Daniel to the W District; they both
expect to return shortly.
Your Ma and affectionate wife join me in love to you & all.
Tell cousin James to come home, he has been gone long enough.
Be certain to write often; as you know we would be glad to hear from you
We talk of you often and oftener wish the void filld that you have
left, which cannot be filled in your absence.
Sincerely & Truly
Old Beek has a fine grandson )
Polly discharges the duty of mother to the little responsibility.
Massa got his shoes after a while. They fit very well. Zed thanks you
These persons mentioned in text are probably Negro slaves:
Matilda, Sam (a child?), Joshua, Pink, Eliza.
These persons mentioned in text are possibly Negro slaves:
Droc, Anderson, Massa, Zed, Latitia, Sane, Old Beek and his daughter
From the Collection of Frederick