Hurray for Jas K. Polk!
Jimmy Jones Will Be A “Little Greasy Spot” ”

Blount County Tennessee
~ 1841 ~

© 1997, Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.

County Tennessee cover.

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       Maryville Te
Manuscript date:
       April 5 ,
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       Mr. J. H. Johnson, Madisonville E Ten

Maryville, Blount Cty State
April 4th /41
Dear Cousin
       I recd. yours yesterday explaining the reason why it was that you had not written to me sooner. You state that you went down into Polk County. Now Sir I did not think that a man So bitterly opposed to Polk as you are Could [have gone] into a county that was named after him but perhaps you like a good many others have changed and have come out in favor of Jas K. Polk. All that I have to say is that you might just as well if you have not done it for all your efforts to Carry Jimmy Jones through will all be in vain he cant Carry it against Polk. Polk will use him right up and leave nothing but just a little greasy spot.
       You state old Saml Johnston was imposed apon in taking that for Gold but that he would proced on either turn or Mr. Coldwell and send it to me. Jos I wish if you please you would use some exertions and try and get one of them to do it as soon as possible as he has my Receipt for 32.00 and Dr. Gillispie I have Doctor Gillispie for only 27 and therefore I am out 5.00 untill I get that a__ from your Grandfather. I hope he will get it soon and bring it in to you and you will please inclose it to me.
Now you say that the hens of your Cty have got to Laying 4 eggs a day and hatching out Chickens at night and have them Large enought a gainst morning for breakfast. I think your hens must let your Chickens grow pretty near as Large as themselves before they let them out. Or if that is not the cause of it, it must be because there is so much Wigging about your Cty that they just sic upon it and it is enough to Phisick or Stomach anything in Creation.
       You say that Jos Johnson Started Last Tuesday for the castion Cty. I am to inform you that J. J. W. arrived from the Cty on yesterday & Coming (but I suppose you saw him) he purchased a Large stock of Goods & Cheap goods and good. Goods and the Way we are giving to sell New Goods When they get there will be a sin to Davy Crocket [?].
       Tell Francis that I should like very well to hear from him Shortly.
       There is nothing new in these parts.
       Diggins [Higgins?] folks are all well.
       if you don’t excuse bad handwriting you can just Let it alone for I don’t Care, but if you Cant read it, Just send it back and I will get it printed. Write to me by and by and give me all the News. I am not Morned yet but it is D---ed Uncertain how long it will be before I am if I can get any body in the same notion of myself let me know before you try the project and I will be with you the amount of the sobs this week $500000 that I think is coming, it with a Rush. Can you come up to that.
Nothing more at present but
Remains your
/s/ W. Anderson Walker
Hurrah for Jas K. Polk ---
he is going to Come. it is in these Posts with a perfect Rush. Wont he in Morning, be honest.
/s/ W. A. W.

       The author of this letter, W. Anderson Walker, was certainly aware of his “bad handwriting” as are we. Sorry about this, folks.

James Knox Polk, a North Carolina born Democrat, was governor of Tennessee at the time of the writing of this letter. “Jimmy Jones,” the “little greasy spot,” would be James Chamberlain Jones, a Whig, and the man who defeated James K. Polk two times in the bid for Tennessee’s governorship, in 1841 and in 1843. These two elections are considered to be the most colorful in the state’s history. The “wigging” in the letter refers to the Whigs, the conservative political party.
       James K. Polk went on to become Eleventh President of the United States ~ 1845-1849 Polk was highly favorable to westward expansion, asserting that Texas should be “re-annexed” and all of Oregon “re-occupied.” Because of Polk’s aggressive position, our nation today reaches from “sea to shining sea.” Polk, died in June 1849.

From the Collection of Frederick Smoot
Provenance: George E. Webb, Jr., 1997

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