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Facts and Events
Letter To Andrew Buchanan
Born 1783, Died 1868 Warren County Near McMinnville, Tennessee
From His Father Matthew Buchanan Born c. 1760, Died probably before 1830 Washington County, Virginia - August 7, 1820
These lines are to inform you that we are in our usual state of health. I received two letters from you since I wrote you. Respecting the land business they cannot tell my part of the land as I was never in the land to [William] Rosebrough; but it is impossible for me to raise the money and I do not want any person to suffer on my account. I know of no other way of doing but selling to your Uncle Thomas [Edmondson] for the $1,000. To sell it to any other person I would be obliged to make them a Right; and if the land should be lost, I would be in a worse situation than at present. If your Uncle agrees, he must take his chance of losing it as I will not be bound to make it good to him if he takes the land. You need not pay him anything of what you owe me; and if there is any more than will pay the damages, put it on the best terms you can. Try and have it settled on the best terms you can. I have nothing more of consequence to inform you.
Letter To Andrew Buchanan
Born 1783, Died 1868 Warren County Near McMinville, Tennessee
From His Father Matthew Buchanan Born c. 1760, Died probably before 1830 In Washington County, Virginia Abingdon, Virginia - January 7, 1826
These lines are to inform you that we are in our usual state of health expecting they will find you enjoying the same. I received yours by Samuel Edmiston in which you inform me you expect Thomas Edmiston’s heirs will claim a Locators’ right in our land on Elk [River in Tennessee]. There was an agreement between Thomas and myself when he first went to Elk that I was to attend to his business here while he was absent; and he was to mark a piece of land for me on Elk, which we both performed. When he went to the land office at Rawley [Raleigh] in [North] Carolina, twas to be at whatever expense might be necessary for obtaining the Right. His contract with [William] Rosebrough prevented the necessity of expenses for procuring the Warrant. The entry was for 2,000 acres in which him and myself were equal. All other expenses that were necessary I paid - the one half of the sum I cannot recollect at this length of time. If proof of this contract should be required, I know of no person now that knew it. I would have wrote to you sooner but intended to write by Samuel Edmiston. His starting is uncertain but will be for some time. I thought best to write to you lest you should want this information. Your relations here are generally well. With respect to Samuel’s returning, you say he will not return till March. His business here will require him against that time period. I have nothing material to inform you of.
Source:BUCHANAN AND McCLELLAN FAMILY PAPERS
File Number 1850
Southern Historical Collection Wilson Library Manuscripts Department University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill