A Lawyer’s Letter from McMinnville
Warren County Tennessee
~ 1847 ~

© 1997, Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.

Circular black postmark:
       McMinnville Te May
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       Samuel McCammons
       late Sheriff of Knox County
       Knoxville Tenn
McMinnville, Ten May 3rd 1847
Dear Sir
       Some several years ago Thomas Paris of this County sent you an injunction against the property of Squire Hunter as he informs us - Paris further states that you wrote him the money was ready and at or subject to his order - Paris imployed John N Lindsay of this place to receive the amt. in your hands - He Paris further states that he gave a receipt to Lindsay to send to you, receipting you in full for the amt. of the debt, and that Lindsay told Paris that he had enclosed the receipt to (perhaps his brother at) Knoxville with instructions for his brother to present the receipt to you for the money - Lindsay Stated to Paris before leaving this place that he had received no answer from Knoxville in relation to the matter - So it is Paris has not received his debt and at the same time his receipt is out in the hands of some person, receipting you in full for the amount of the debt -
       Now My Dear Sir will you be so good as to write whether you have paid over the money to Lindsay or any other person for him, and if so, how much, when did you pay it, and who to -
       Lindsay has left this place and gone to the South to what part I am unable to learn - Paris has imployed me to look after the matter and I would like so much to have a line from you on the subject.
/s/ W. Britton

P. S. I am not certain I have given your right name not knowing it myself, only relying on Paris’ information.


    The 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Warren County Tennessee shows:
    William Brittain, Lawyer, Age 36, Dwelling Number 47;
    Thomas Paris, Age 61, Farmer, Dwelling Number 111;
    Thomas Paris, Age 39, Farmer, Dwelling Number 981.
    This census has no listing for John N. Lindsay.
From the Collection of Frederick Smoot

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