Davidson County Tennessee
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A Note From Moses Fisk ~ 1796
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Maunscript postmark:
Staunton [Virginia], Jan. 23, 1797
Manuscript: 25
Docket: By Favr~ Mr. Irwin

Addressee: Timothy Green Esquire, Newyork

Nashville, Decr 16, 1796
Dr. Friend,
I stated to Esq. Storm, that I tho’t of returning. I am now determined. I can do nothing here at present--but spend, and expenses are high, because of the resort of company & settlers. Besides, you will judge whether the expenses of this journey ought not to be made easy to us.

I hope there has been no failure on our side. It is of importance, that we fulfil. I would not have the company think, that, by coming home, I mean to desert the business. Assure them to the contrary. There shall be no failure in me, unless my constitution fails. And let me repeat, that we ought to fulfill; whatever on my arrival be be resolved upon.

Present to Mrs Green and to Miss Betsy my very sincere respects.

I am, Sir,
With much esteem
Yours, Moses Fisk

This letter was written by Moses Fisk, a noted educator and Tennessee pioneer. This letter is datelined from Nashville December 16 of 1796, shortly after statehood was achieved. Early mail from the area is extremely scarce, it was hand carried to Staunton Virginia and postmarked from there in January 1797, sent at the 25-cent rate to New York City.

From the Collection of Charles Deardorff Meyer

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