The Honorable, The Speakers and Members of the Legislature of the State of Tennessee, when in Session.
The humble petition of your memorialist:
As this county believe a penitentiary would be of great benefit to the state, Therefore it is the humble prair of your petitioners that your honorable body will in your wisdom, take it into consideration and your petitioners in duty bound shall ever pray
Oct. 9th 1817
(indescipherable, maybe Jacoby)
The document is very difficult to read. Many thanks to Miss Elizabeth Robnett for her help with the transcription. Anyone with an ancestor who might be named something that looks like Shem B Jacoby is invited to help us correctly list that name.
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