Tennesseana
Early Tennessee Ephemera
Nashville Manufacturing Company Certificate-1850
Item #: NEW-0016197

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This nice graphic certificate is on light rag paper and measures nine by seven inches.  Nice condition despite the light folds across the share in the middle and also one vertical fold.  Share owner's name is Thomas J Haugh and is signed by Ro B Castleman and James Plunkett.

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Mulberry Male & Female Institute-Principal Contract-1872
Item #: NEW-0016167

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This lot has two items that address the history of his school in Mulberry Tennessee The first item is a lengthy (three plus pages + diagrams) of things that will be done in the building of the buildings for the school.  It is signed by Alex J Whitaker, and two others whose writing I can't read.  It is dated April 16th 1869. The second item is two pages of a contract between T C Jones and C Daney. T D Jones was to be the principal. It is dated August 1, 1872.  

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Mulberry Institute-Mulberry Tn-Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0016163

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Hand delivered letter containing a request of Miss Mattie Jones to allow M N Whitaker to accompany him to church.  Dated 1877. P Himebaugh, President of Mulberry Institute.  

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1874 Invite-Picnic-Polk Edwards Lawn-Mulberry Village-Tn
Item #: NEW-0016145

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Small invitation on blue paper about a "Grand Pic-Nic" on Mr. Polk Edwards's Lawn, in the vicinity of Mulberry Village.  W R Cashion, B F Solomon, R R Whitaker and A J Renegar.

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Philadelphia to Reynoldsburg Tn-1832 Stampless Cover
Item #: NEW-0014873

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Short business letter with some separations at the folds.  Faint cancel, paid 25 marking.  Addressed to T K Wiley.

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John C McLemore-Father of Memphis-1854 Document
Item #: NEW-0014541

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The scan shows the cover sheet to a very complicated three page legal transaction involving land in Tennessee.  It was executed in California. I won't try to describe what it is about as it's too complicated.  Famous Tennessee pioneers are mentioned in the document-John Davis, George Washington Campbell, Edward D Hicks.  Joseph Grant executed the papers as he was the Commissioner of Deeds for all of the states.  I believe the seal is the seal of Tennessee.  Tears on the edge of the blue rag paper. The papers are stuck together, out of order with red seals.  The back page is heavily stained but is only the cover for the folded document.  

John Christmas McLemore was a West Tennessee speculator and rose to prominence in this capacity and with his marriage to Elizabeth Donelson, daughter of John Donelson.   Two Tennessee towns are named after him and he was one of four men who are considered the founders of Memphis.  McLemore speculated in risky ventures toward the end of his life and nearly bankrupt tried to recoup his losses in the gold rush in California.  

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Letter-Grover Cleveland's Shirts Hanging in Back Yard
Item #: NEW-0014473

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Personal letter from the daughter of Mrs. E D Hicks of Nashville on the advertising cover of W M Woolwine in Nashville.  She describes a vacation trip when she visited near Mrs. Cleveland's "whom I saw near the window. Her house is quite handsome and  Grover's shirts were hanging on the line in the back yard."

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1837 Stampless Cover-Nashville-William Campbell
Item #: NEW-0014145

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personal content on this letter addressed to John M Campbell in Jackson Tennessee. The page that has no content other than the addressed part in ragged, stained, and with holes where the seal was broken.  Letter is signed William Campbell

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1844 Stampless Cover-Columbia Tennessee (Maury City)
Item #: NEW-0013964

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Two page letter written to Mrs James Davidson (Mother) from Mary M Davidson, her daughter (in-law).  Cancel is from Columbia Tennessee. The mother lived in Roseville, "Bedford City" Paid 12 which seems kind of high.  

Mary is informing "Mother" that Mr. Davidson has been intending to visit her if he can get a horse to ride..  She speaks of going to Columbia and if so "we will take borders until we can do better."  "It is very uncertain what we will do, as John L Smith has filed another bill against Mr. D."  More personal news.  Please view the scan to see the condition.  There is on long tear at the fold.

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East Tennessee-Georgia RR Receipt
Item #: NEW-0013078

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This is on rag paper and measures eight by four and a half inches.  Nice graphic of a rail road.  Made by Post Print in Athens Tennessee.   Small tear at bottom edge.

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John C McLemore-Memphis Founder-1825 Land Indenture
Item #: NEW-0012620

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Extensive description of the land being sold by McLemore in Davidson County Tennessee. "land being part of the ground known and designated as College Court ?-Beginning at a stone in Randall McGavock's line-the south west corner of the lot and so on.  The land was deeded to John P Clark.  Legal sized rag paper  Here is some information of McLemore.

Although he is seldom mentioned as one of the original founders, John C. McLemore, like Marcus Winchester was to play as large or larger a part in the founding of Memphis than the famous trio of Overton, Jackson and James Winchester.  He was the only one of the original four owners to live in Memphis.

John Christmas McLemore was born in Orange County, North Carolina.   He moved to Nashville at age 16 to train as a surveyor.  At the age of 21 he was appointed surveyor general of the military district by the Tennessee state legislature.  This was due in large part to the fact that the former holder of that position was his uncle, William Christmas.  McLemore married  a niece of Rachel Jackson, Elizabeth Donnelson.  When Jackson ran for president he traded his remaining share of Memphis, some 625 acres to John McLemore in exchange for a tract of land in Madison County.

In 1828 McLemore was a signer of the deed that gave public access to the river front.  Public lands included in this deed included Court Square, Auction Square (for the auctioning of slaves), Market Square and the riverfront promenade.  As sells continued at a sluggish pace the partnership was disbanded the following year with McLemore receiving 23 lots.  

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John C McLemore-Founder of Memphis-1833 Land Deed
Item #: NEW-0012613

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This early rag paper land indenture in Davidson County (Nashville) has some condition problems, most of which can be seen in the scan.  Measures 16 and a half by 13 inches.  McLemore was one of the early founders of Memphis and the following history was found on memphishistory.com web site.

Although he is seldom mentioned as one of the original founders, John C. McLemore, like Marcus Winchester was to play as large or larger a part in the founding of Memphis than the famous trio of Overton, Jackson and James Winchester.  He was the only one of the original four owners to live in Memphis.

John Christmas McLemore was born in Orange County, North Carolina.   He moved to Nashville at age 16 to train as a surveyor.  At the age of 21 he was appointed surveyor general of the military district by the Tennessee state legislature.  This was due in large part to the fact that the former holder of that position was his uncle, William Christmas.  McLemore married  a niece of Rachel Jackson, Elizabeth Donelson.  When Jackson ran for president he traded his remaining share of Memphis, some 625 acres to John McLemore in exchange for a tract of land in Madison County.

In 1828 McLemore was a signer of the deed that gave public access to the river front.  Public lands included in this deed included Court Square, Auction Square (for the auctioning of slaves), Market Square and the riverfront promenade.  As sells continued at a sluggish pace the partnership was disbanded the following year with McLemore receiving 23 lots.  At one point McLemore owned 995 acres on the lower bluff.  He participated in the Fort Pickering venture as did John Overton.  This was a rival town south of Memphis.
 
Although McLemore became quite wealthy he lost much of his wealth on the failed Memphis and LaGrange railroad that was chartered in 1834.  The project was a dramatic failure that left his finances reeling.  A financial panic in 1837 further reduced his holdings.  In an attempt to build another fortune McLemore joined the gold rush in 1849.  He remained in California some 12 years, returning to Memphis before his death in 1864.  During the last years of his life he lived with his daughter, Elizabeth Walker, on Walker Avenue south of Lauderdale. 
 
McLemore is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.  He is the only one of the founders to be buried in Memphis. 

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Land Document Davidson County Tn 1852
Item #: NEW-0012446

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Large document measuring sixteen by twelve inches, shown in two scans.  Rag paper, excellent condition except for one small separation at one of the middle folds.  William D Phillips and James P Clark.

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Medical Department-1897 Catalog-UT-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0012441

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Early catalog which measures eight and a half by five and a half inches.  The covers are somewhat dingy although I was able to remove most from the front cover but there are some areas on the interior which needs to be cleaned up   There is an engraving on the first page of the building and one on the last page of the New City Hospital.   See bite out of the back cover in the second scan.  The catalog also list some of the graduating class and members of the other classes.  Found in the papers relating to Dr. Paul Eve. 

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Samuel Seay-Nashville-1848 Shipping Invoice
Item #: NEW-0012178

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This is the earliest merchant receipt that I have ever had from my home town.  April 1, 1848 "Rec'd from Samuel Seay & Son, in good order and condition, the Packages of Merchandise marked and specified in the Margin, which I engaged to deliver in the like good order, without delay, unto Ewing & Beirne at Huntsville paying carriage on the same at one dollar per 100 lbs.  Signed A Campbell.  "
The goods were shipped to Ewing & Beime-one box containing 1 stone, 645 lbs.  Evidently from the little graphic it was carried by horses and wagon.  More writing on the back. Rag paper with several tears at the right edge.  Some foxing. Here is some information on Samuel Seay found of the web and taken from the History of Davidson County

At different times he was engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder, soaps, oils, candles and rope, but he was best known as a wholesale grocer and commission merchant.  During his business career of forty years he was perhaps the most widely known of any merchant in Tennessee.  Among his associates in business were Joseph T. Elliston, Gen.Robert Armstrong, and Joseph H. Shepherd.

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Brownsville Female College-1859 Bill-Brownsville Tn
Item #: NEW-0012146

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This attractive bill was addressed to Col G M (or N) Bartlett for his ward Miss M F Pruden.  Signed by William Shelton.  The item measures 8 and a half by 7 and a half inches.  Two edge tears at left folds.  Blue rag paper with green and red print.

Brownsville Female Institute, founded in 1842 at Brownsville. This school flourished with moderate success until the beginning of the civil war, when its doors were closed.  It was under control of the Presbyterian Church.


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Hawkins County-Sneedville-Rogersville Turnpike Co-1867 Bond
Item #: NEW-0012110

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This is rare bond is made on light rag paper.   It is a $100 bond with some of the coupons cashed in.  Folds and other very minor wear.

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Tennessee Slave Archive-1783 Purchase-Death in 1856
Item #: NEW-0012106

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This lot came from the papers saved by Edward Hicks and the family members who followed him.  Edward's great grandfather was John Davis, an early Nashville-Williamson County area pioneer and surveyor.  The family home was known as Devon Farm and until a few years ago remained in the hands of a family member.  The archive begins with the purchase of a slave known as "Dab," later to be known as Deb. Deb was sold by Josephus Perrin in Lincoln County, State of Virginia for the sum of one hundred pounds, current money of Virginia.  Delivered to Thomas Brown of the same county and state, one Negro boy named Dab." The date is given as 783, with the 1 missing but assumed to be 1783.  The document is on rag paper and is roughly torn at the bottom.  The document has folds ad some holes at the mid folds. 

The second scan shown is a letter and worn cover with a Nashville cancel, dated Sept 10, 1853.  The letter was written to H T Davis and signed by Edward Hicks, his nephew. The letter  concerns the settling of an estate of a family member.  The relevant information about the slaves is as follows:  "The Negros can be moved from the place now, in fact I will have every Negro except Deb and Phebe away in two days now.  Your Negro woman Fanny is sick at present but I shall take care that she is properly attended to.”  

The next item is dated Feb, 1854 for expenses of the slaves, Deb and Pheb an accounting of the estate of John Davis.  Meals, coffee, whisky, shoes etc  Hicks is paying for someone who undoubtedly had taken care of the slaves when John Davis died.

The next item is another letter from Hicks to his Uncle Davis dated May 1854 when he mentions the slaves.  Including is a worn cancel from Caney Texas.  "I saw old Deb yesterday.  I do not think that he can live long.  I directed a strong dose of cowhide to be administered to Pheb for making Will steal a bottle of whiskey for her.”

The next item is a letter written to Hicks by Fanny Harding (wife of Morris Harding of the Harding Belle Meade family)
"I went to see old Uncle Deb the other day and I found the old gentleman very feeble and somewhat distressed having heard that we all intended to sell Pheby (alternative spelling) and take him away from his house and patch which he thinks by spring he will be able to cultivate if Mas Edward (Hicks) will get him a little pony.  I felt greatly inclined to make him a promise in Morris’s name that when he got able to work on that he should have one.  The idea that Pheby being taken away distressed him so much that I told him that you had no idea of any such thing and that his comfort and ease is what you wanted and that he need not be distressed.  I told him that I would furnish him his provisions.. (More but can’t quite make it out.)
The next item is undated and refers to the $1 being set aside for Deb’s dauerreotype but evidently Deb did not cooperate about going to have his picture taken.

This next slip of paper announces the death of "old Deb” who "died a few weeks ago.” 

The next scanned item is a very long statement from Hicks to the heirs of John Davis.  One dollar was expended on Phebe for some shoes and for her hire and $5 for Deb’s coffin. At the bottom one share from the sale of Phebe was $90.60.  Following that and probably included with the statement is a slip of paper that verifies that the coffin for Deb cost $5.

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The next is a letter from Hicks written on January 19, 1858 which closes with "you will see from receipt enclosed that I have sold Old Phebe--Damn her.”

The listing closes with two receipts from two of the heirs acknowledging that they are received their share from the sale of Phebe. 

This ends the archive of Deb who lived his entire life as a slave.  I found a note that I had written years ago that Deb was 83 when he died.  I'm not sure now where I got that figure. 





   


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Gold Rush Content Stampless Cover-1851
Item #: NEW-0011547

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Two plus page letter on blue rag paper dated Salmon River-30th March 51.  Addressed to John W Horton Esq in Nashville Tennessee from Edward D Hicks, both from early and prominent Nashville Tennessee pioneer families..  First a little history on the Salmon River. The Salmon River is a 19.6-mile-long tributary to the Klamath River in western Siskiyou County, California.  This area was invaded by the 49ers because of the rich gold deposits.   

Dear Jo,

I wrote you from Oregon that I intended to come to Klamath River.  I am now on a tributary of that river that ? in from the South.  Were I to say what the average gains of the miners I should say five or six dollars per day.  Yesterday I was at camp selling some spare flour that I had (flour is only worth $400 per barrel).  My partner made $14.  I suppose that we will be able to make that much each day apiece.  This day one year since I left home and so not find myself, rich yet.  This fall I shall return.  I have enjoyed and still enjoy first rate health so far.  George Maclain from Nashville is here on this bar at work doing very well.  Provisions are not to be had here at any price, men came and begged flour of me at $3.00 per tb (tablespoon?)  and I had to refuse for I have only enough to last two or three weeks but before that time there will be a large supply in from the Bay (Trinidad)  You may thank your stars that you did not come to the Land of Gold for nine tenths of those who are here wish themselves away as for my part I am very glad that I have taken this trip for I will be satisfied hereafter to stay at home.  I have seen some of this western country and learned one or two things, but never yet have suffered an instant for anything to eat.  Many men are leaving for Klamath River in Oregon.  This is all right the more that go the more room there will be for those who stay, of the latter am I.  This is the most mountainous country in creation, it is said that there are no two hills without a valley, there is a canyon here instead of valley.  My purpose is to remain here during the summer make what money I can and leave these mountains forever in the Fall.  I suppose Frank Newsom has returned to Nashville before this time, tell him I would have written to him before this time, had I known what place to write to present my respects to Grand Pa, William Fall, Washington, John Williams etc and give my love.... Rest is personal content.  

Please view the scans to see the condition of the letter.  The cancels are so faint that you can only see part of San Francisco.  The 5 Paid is also faint.

Hicks did return to Nashville with only enough gold to make a wedding ring for the woman he married.  He went on to achieve in all his endeavors and was a respected member of the community. 

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Aspen Hill Stock Farm-Murfreesboro-1896 Catalog
Item #: NEW-0010599

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Nice condition on this very early catalog for "High Class English Berkshire Hogs", Jetton & Reed Proprietors. Sixteen page booklet listing all of their stock.  "Fine Tennessee Bred".  A few other examples of this catalog are available.

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Nashville Eye-Ear-Throat Inst-1871 Receipt Book
Item #: NEW-0010437

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This establishment was on North High Street, No 9.  It begins on page one with December 1876 after the blank pages what are alphabetized.  It ends on page 25 in 1882.  Guess they didn't have that many expenses. It may be the first year of operation as the opening expenses seem to be supplies needed to set up an office.  They paid an office boy $1 for the week and it is interesting to read about what they purchased.  Boards are split at the spine but the binding is still intact.  Top portion of the leather spine is missing and the black leather on the spine is chipped.  Please view the scans.

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Medical & Dental Departments-University of Nashville
Item #: NEW-008128

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This old view is a copy of a photograph but I believe from the looks of it, an old copy. It measures 8 by 10 inches and is on fairly heavy stock. I can identify Lindsley Hall but that is the only building I am sure of. This is presumably the campus of the University of Nashville but feel free to correct me. Even margins indicate it has not been removed from any publication.

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Gov Willie Blount-1809 Document-Signed
Item #: NEW-008000

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Please view the scans to see the condition of this rare document signed by Governor Willie Blount in the ""thirty fourth year of our independence." 1809. The document is the appointment of John Bogard as Justice of the Peace. This document has been repaired on the front and back with very old archival methods. The repairs run vertically through the entire document. There are some other minor condition problems such as light staining and edge tears. Here is a history of Blount found on the web: A native of North Carolina, Willie Blount studied at Princeton and Columbia. He later was admitted to the North Carolina bar. In 1790, he moved to the Southwest Territory and served as his half-brother's private secretary. When Tennessee was admitted as a state in 1796, he was one of its first judges, and in 1807 was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, 7th General Assembly, 1807-09; representing Montgomery and Stewart counties. He was elected governor in 1809, and served three terms, until 1815. During his governorship, he supported the War of 1812. He also sent Tennessee militia to Mississippi Territory when the latter was essentially defenseless before attacks by American Indians. Blount attempted a political comeback in 1827, running for governor again, but was defeated by Sam Houston. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1834, which drafted a new document to replace the one in effect since the state had been admitted in 1796, and which has many similarities to the 1870 constitution which is still in effect. One of the chief differences between the 1834 constitution and its predecessor was considerably greater powers being granted to the executive branch generally and the governor in particular than in the earlier document. Blount County, Alabama is named in his honor for his willingness to send the Tennessee militia into a neighboring territory.

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1868-Wilson Co Tn Document-Revenue Stamps
Item #: NEW-006627

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Four page, legal sized document with six revenue stamps relates to the distribution of the will of Joseph Bishop of Wilson County. John B Norris, former Confederate soldier handled the distribution

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1888 Ticket-Commencement-Memphis High School
Item #: TEN-005596

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Good condition

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Carmack Dead-Rutherford Reporter -Nov 13 1908
Item #: TEN-003110

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Murfressboro newspaper reports the assasination of Eugene Ward Carmack, killed on the streets of Nashville. Two pages are missing from the paper and all have been encapsulated in heavy mylar to protect it. The front page has quite a bit of damage, especially at the fold with acidic browning and some loss of text. Also heavily chipped at the bottom edge, not affecting the text. More loss on the back page which does not affect the news of Carmack's death. Included is the editorial page which covers the death and it is in relatively good condition. The scan looks worse than it looks in person and was affected by the heavy mylar. Ignore the pinkish cast.

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1884 Revenue Stamp for Tobacco Dealer
Item #: AME-002325

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Nice graphics on this special tax on dealers in manufactured tobacco, this for the Humboldt-Gibson County Tennessee.

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The Maury Sentinel-1880-Edward Carmack Editor
Item #: TEN-001016

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This is a very large paper which opens up to show local ads in Columbia Tennessee. There is an area on the front page which is roughly torn, with some loss of text. This is a rag paper and is in good condition except for some other minor wear. Musty smell and an article outlined with a pen in the interior pages. Carmack was the editor of this paper prior to becoming the Editor of the Tennessean. Will be mailed folded along the folds already present due to the large size.

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Nashville Whig-1845-Tn Broadside-Extra
Item #: TEN-000587

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I'm guessing that this was a newspaper "extra" since it was printed by the Nashville Whig Office. Not listed in Allen. List of members of the House of Representatives of the Tennessee Legislature. Some repairs made with archival tape on the back and loss of margin on the left hand side. Lists all the members, their home counties, and their occupation. Light rag paper.

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