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Letter from Department of War April 8, 1834

23 Congress No. 1230 1stSession In Relation To The Location Of Reservations Under The Choctaw Treaty Of The 27th Of September, 1830. Communicated To The Senate April 11, 1834. DEPARTMENT OF WAR April 8, 1834. SIR: I have the honor to communicate a report from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, with accompanying documents, containing the information called for by the resolutions of the Senate of the 3d of March, in relation to the location of reservations under the treaty with the Choctaws of September 27th, 1830.      I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,   LEWIS CASS Hon. MARTIN VAN BUREN, President of the Senate. DEPARTMENT OF WAR, Office Indian Affairs, April 8, 1834.      SIR: In compliance with the first resolution of the Senate of the 3d ult., I have the honor to state that William Trahern, Esq., was appointed to locate the reservations for orphans under the 19th article of the treaty with the Choctaws of 27th September, 1830, and Col. George W. Martin to locate the other reservation granted in the same treaty. I transmit, herewith, copies of the instructions to these gentlemen, and of the correspondence between them and this department, and between this department and other persons, touching the locations of said reservations, and the manner in which the duties of these agents have been performed. I also lay before you, in conformity with...

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New Echota, Georgia, September 27, 1837

SIR: Yours of the 29th and 30th of August have been received. In relation to what is said in that of the 29th, I have to state as follows: In the month of August I received from the Treasurer of the United States $200,000, in drafts on sundry banks and receivers of public moneys in the South, to be disbursed under the act of Congress of July 2, 1836, for carrying into effect the Cherokee treaty. Of these drafts there are on hand to the amount of $25,000; the balance have been disposed of, some to the recipients of money under the treaty, and others have been exchanged at par for available funds. Within a few days after the receipt of the drafts I disposed of several thousand dollars of them to recipients, chiefly merchants and business men, and some of the principal men among the Cherokees, who understood their value. It was, however, soon discovered that the great mass of recipients among the whites did not understand them, and it was out of the question to attempt to pass them to the illiterate Indians. About the same time suddenly, sprung up among the Cherokees a spirit of enrolling for emigration and the greater number of persons enrolling became recipients of small sums which the drafts would not answer to pay. You are aware how important it is to...

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Commissioner of Indian Affairs dated July 3, 1837

Extract of a letter from Messrs. W. Lumpkin and John Kennedy, commissioners, &c, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs dated July 3, 1837. “As to the kind of funds which would be received at this time here, in discharge of claims under the treaty, it is proper to remark that every recipient would prefer specie, because it is worth more that the paper of any bank which has suspended specie payments; yet all recipients who expect or intend to use their funds in Georgia, would take the bills of the Augusta Bank, rather than lie out of the money. “The recipients who wish to use their money in the State of Tennessee, will be satisfied with nothing but specie, and would not take the bills of the Tennessee Bank at all in payment of their demands against the Government. Our only object in giving you this retrospective sketch, is to afford the means of correcting the evils of which we complain, hereafter.” Extracts of a letter from Captain J. P. Simonton to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, dated Athens, Ga., August 10, 1837. “I have the honor to inform you that since my last to you, in June, I have been endeavoring to procure the funds deposited in the Bank of Augusta, Georgia, for the purpose of carrying out the Cherokee treaty. I have finally procured $200,000, and am...

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Commissioners’ Office, New Echota, May 29, 1837

SIR: Being apprised that you have been notified that you might consider yourself relieved from duty here, as soon as you have performed the duties in which you are now engaged in the Indian Department, we deem it expedient to state to you, that the duties in which you are now engaged, as disbursing agent under the Cherokee treaty of 1835, will necessarily require the constant services of a disbursing agent to the end of the present year, or longer. We take pleasure in adding, that if consistent with the public interest, it would afford us personal gratification to have your services at this station continued. We are, very respectfully, your obedient servants, WILSON LUMPKIN, JOHN KENNEDY, Commissioners Trail of Tears...

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New Echota, Georgia, May 13, 1837

Cashier of the branch of the Planters’ Bank of Tennessee, at Athens, pay to the order of Captain J. P. Simonton, disbursing agent, two hundred thousand dollars. RICHARD BENNETT. Disbursing Agent, &c, Endorsed Wilson Lumpkin, John Kennedy, United States Commissioner; J. P. Simonton, Captain U.S.A.D.A.C.R. I, Samuel H. Gordon, notary public for the county of McMinn, in the State of Tennessee, do hereby certify that on the day, I was requested by Captain J. P. Simonton to call upon the cashier of the branch at Athens of the Planters’ Bank of the State of Tennessee, and to request of said cashier to state in what bank paper he was willing or offered to pay the check presented by Doctor Reynolds, which check was for two hundred thousand dollars. Said, cashier said he was willing to pay $75,000 in notes of the Planters’ Bank payable in New Orleans, and the balance depending where the Doctor might want it. Given under my hand, this 6th of June, 1837. SAMUEL H. GORDON, Notary Public Trail of Tears...

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Letter of Samuel H. Gordon

Be it known, that on the day of the date hereof, I, Samuel H. Gordon, notary public for the county of McMinn, in the State of Tennessee, duly commissioned and sworn according to law, residing in the town of Athens, in said State, at the request of J. C. Reynolds, exhibited to William Clarke, cashier of the office of said bank at Athens, the original check whereof a true copy is on the other side written, and demanded payment thereof from said cashier, at said office, it being the place where said check was made payable, and I was answered by said cashier, that “he is willing to pay said check, when properly endorsed, in the notes of the Planters’ Bank of Tennessee, payable in specie, on demand; which he believes is the kind of money contemplated by Government in the contract with the Planters’ Bank, should be issued in payment of Treasury warrants, and that the Planters’ Bank notes are always redeemed with specie when presented.” Whereupon I, the said notary, at the request aforesaid, have, and do hereby, solemnly protest against the drawer of the said check and endorsers, and all concerned, for all exchange, re-exchange, costs, damages, interests, suffered and to be suffered for want of payment thereof. This done and protested at Athens aforesaid, this 27th day of May, 1837. In testimony whereof I have...

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Office Of Planters’ Bank, Tennessee June 6, 1837

DEAR SIR; For your satisfaction, and for the information of the department, I beg leave to say, in explanation of the protest of Major Bennett’s check in your favor, for $200,000, that, in the conversation between Doct. Reynolds, who presented it, and myself, and in my communication to him before the protest, I stated that I did not think I ought to issue any paper except payable at New Orleans. I was induced to believe so from the general suspension in the eastern cities, and the great revulsion in the money market of our whole country. But he refused to receive any of that kind; and as this refusal was not contemplated by the bank, inasmuch as Judge Kennedy had made a personal request to the president of this office, in April last, for $75,000 of the aforesaid sum, in the notes payable at New Orleans, nothing more was said as to when the balance would be payable; but this would have been managed as satisfactorily as possible, if Doctor Reynolds had been authorized to receive the $75,000 agreeably to the Judge’s requisition, and which we had taken special pains to have here accordingly. We are extremely anxious to accommodate, as far as possible, at all times, and I cannot conceive that we have been otherwise in this instance. In haste, I am, very respectfully, your friend and most...

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Athens, Tennessee, June 6 1837

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that, on the 13th of May, I received from Richard Bennett a draft on the branch of the Planters’ Bank of Tennessee, at Athens, for $200,000, to be disbursed under the Cherokee treaty of 1835; which draft has been returned to me protested, under the following circumstances: The commissioners deeming it expedient to have $100,000 delivered at New Echota, before the funds there on hand should be exhausted, requested that, as my personal services at New Echota would no readily be dispensed with, Dr. Reynolds should take my draft, proceed to Athens, and procure for the present wants of the disbursing agent $100,000; twenty-five thousand to be in specie, and seventy-five thousand in notes of the Planters’ Bank, payable at Nashville. The draft was accordingly presented by Dr. Reynolds at the bank, with the instructions of the commissioners with regard to the kinds of money wanted; when the cashier refused to pay any other money than notes of the Planters’ Bank, payable at New Orleans. Upon receiving this refusal, Dr. Reynolds had the draft formally protested, and returned it to me at New Echota. It was omitted to be stated in the body of the protest, that the notes offered were those payable at New Orleans. This being considered necessary by the commissioners and myself, who were the endorsers of the...

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Office Indian Affairs, July 25, 1835

SIR: The selection and general supervision of the agents to be employed in appraising improvements under the treaty with the Cherokee Indians of December 29, 1835, having been committed to you, I proceed to state some principles for their observance in the execution of this duty. You will divide the country ceded by the first article of the treaty into convenient districts, and assign to each a sufficient number of agents for the prompt completion of this business. You will report to this office the names and residences of these agents, and indicate the district in which each is to be employed. The improvements to be valued are such as were in the possession of the Cherokees at the date of the treaty, and as add any value to their lands. The agents will be required to take an oath to act with perfect impartiality, and they will be specially instructed to receive all the statements and estimates of the Indians, and to examine, personally, every thing pointed out to them. And in determining the value of the improvements, they will be influenced neither by a desire to be generous on the one hand nor parsimonious on the other. Each improvement will be appraised by two agents, and when their estimates agree, and are approved by you, they will be final. If they disagree, the decision will be referred...

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Letter from Robert Love to Thomas D. Love – 18 April 1813

Waynesville, 18th of April 1813. Dear Thomas: I received your letter of the 2nd of March from Greeneville, a few days ago, and am much gratified to hear of your welfare, and of your having so promising a practice. It always takes time for to make a great lawyer-and great reading and profound study are among the ingredients to make men such; and this, I flatter myself, you will attend to and not stop merely because you are getting a tolerable practice. Consult frequently with men of strong mental parts, as from them are always something to be derived. I expected you over at Buncombe Superior Court; or have you given out the business of Macon? I wish you to visit your Grandmother frequently. She is getting old and needs comfort; and when you were young and needed assistance, she cheerfully lent you her aid; and now the scene is reversed, and let her not have it in her power to charge you with that foulest of crimes-ingratitude. I wish to hear from you on all occasions, and, I flatter myself, that Sammy and you will live together as brothers ought to do, and give assistance to each other where the same is needed. I am with the greatest affection, Your father, Ro....

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Letter from Col. Robert Love to William Love – Family

Letter from Col Robert Love to his brother, William Love, of Virginia. Near———–on Harpeth, 25th, of Nov. 1814 Dear Brother: I embrace this opportunity of writing a few lines by cousin Stephenson Bell, who will hand you this. It is with heartfelt emotion that I have heard of you still being in the land of the living, and enjoying reasonable share of health-having had it reported to me that you had gone to Orleans and died. My family, I left three weeks ago in a good state of health-thanks be to the Giver of all Good for His protection! Four of my children are married – (towit) Thomas, Anna, Samuel & Dorcas. Thomas to the oldest daughter of Governor Taylor (Note: It should be General Taylor-F.D. Love) of East Tennessee; Anna, you are acquainted with her husband; Samuel, to the oldest daughter of Joseph Young Esqr., near Jonesboro, and Dorcas, was married June last to Robert Henry, who you are acquainted with at Asheville. Thomas is at the bar in East Tennessee, and Samuel is settled near his father-in-law’s, and Anna and Dorcas are both living in Buncombe County. Jonny is living with his brother-in-law, Robert Henry, reading law, and he is the clerk of the Superior Court of Haywood County. I flatter myself that they are all doing well. Great changes have taken place since I had the...

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Letter from Thomas Love to his Nephew, James Robert Love

Letter from Thomas Love to his Nephew, James Robert Love, of Haywood County, North Carolina. Henry County, Paris, Tennessee. My Dear Nephew: 10 March 1843 I received your kind letter of the 23rd, Jan. 1843, which gave me much satisfaction to learn that my old and much beloved brother was still in the land of the living, and all friends in that County generally enjoying health. My family at present is in the enjoyment of reasonable health ever since you left me with the exception, of myself and Albert, who has not altogether recovered his health, but so much so that he attends to all his business. As to myself, I have been sorely afflicted with the Rheumatism pains in my neck for the last sixteen months, but for the last two or three weeks, I think, I have mended considerably, and if it should be the will of the Giver of all Good to continue His kind mercies towards me, and should my neck continue to improve, as it has done for the last two or three weeks, my intention is that, I think, sometime by the month of May, I will be able to ride in a carriage. My intention is at that time, or thereabouts, to set out for my old native country to see all my friends and relatives one more time. My son, Thomas...

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Letter from John Blair to Thomas D. Love

Letter from John Blair to Thomas D. Love Washington City, 3rd February, 1829. Dear Sir: Yours of the 20th, last month came to hand, to which I hasten to reply. You ask for information respecting the mode to be adopted in taking the next Census; and for my aid in procuring for you that appointment in Carter County. As to the inquiry, I can say the bill has not passed. Many members think it ought not at this term. I believe it should and that old mose of taking it is decidedly best. I am in favor of leaving responsibility and holding on to the person thus responsible. Some think the members of Congress best acquainted in their Districts, and, of course, the proper persons to give those appointments. On that plan you can easily see that there would be no regularity-no head to give the proper instructions, so as to procure uniformity and be responsible for such rules and regulations: hence I say the Marshalls should take the Census, and be responsible for their deputies or agents. The Present Marshall, Calloway, is an Administration man “and goes by the board”, when Jackson comes into Office. Therefore, I do not think it expedient before the passage of the law to send you a recommendation to a man, who must go out before the appointment is to be made. As...

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Letter from John Crosby, Deputy Clerk, to Franklin D. Love

Staunton, Virginia, May 13th, 1903. Mr. F.D. Love, Georgetown, Texas. Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your letter of the 14th, of April, last, addressed to the Clerk, which has been handed to me by him for reply. Our records run back to 1745, the records show the names of Robert, Samuel, Ephriam and Joseph Love, who came to this county from Pennsylvania about 1747, but as these old records are poorly indexed and some of them not indexed at all, it is quite a laborious task to look up matters of this character, and I could not undertake to furnish you with the information desired for a less sum that a fee of $25.00, on receipt of the amount I will gladly take the matter up and ascertain what the records in this office show in reference to the Loves, I have quite recently been interest in an other branch of this same family and have a great deal of information already compiled. Yours very truly, John Crosby, Deputy Clerk. Note: This is the place from which great-grandfather, Robert Love, came, and doubtless these records show a vast amount of information that I have not yet ascertained. It is not an established fact as to the exact number of brothers that this Robert Love had, nor has it been ascertained definitely that Daniel Love was his grandfather,...

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Letter from Col. Robert Love to Thomas Dillard Love – 27 July 1813

Waynesville (N.C.) July 27th, 1813. Dear Thomas: I have heard nothing from you latterly; What are your reasons for not writing more to me? I am at a loss to conjecture. The last account was by Robert Love(Who is he?-F.D. Love), and at that time you had scarcely recovered from your illness. Currency is given to a report which reached this place about two weeks ago; that Samuel had enlisted himself as a common soldier. Great God? what a delirium or delusion has his mind gotten into, if that is the case; for let a man’s patriotism or love of country, be what it may, he ought first to study his individual situation, for what benefits could our common Country derive from anything that he could do that would counter-balance against the evils which must inevitable flow from a separation from a helpless family, such as his is, independent of his inability as to bodily strength to undergo the fatigues of an army. Those are considerations which ought to enter into the minds of every person before he engages into the army. I cannot describe to you the astonishment is excited in my mind on hearing the report, & in fact, it has measurably rendered me unfit for any kind of business; for my mind is so strongly agitated that I cannot shake it off, or relieve my mind...

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