Polk_Letter_172_50158

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Madisonville. May 16th 1841 His Excellecy James K Polk, For some time past I have been performing my official duties as Judge of the second judical circuit, in great pain and inconvenience to myself. I am now confined to my bed in Madisonville, and the probability is, will not be able to hold the next count in my circuit. It therefore becomes my duty, pursuant to the provisions of the 3rd [illegible] of the Act of 1835 Ch 68 to certify to your Excellency, which I now do, that owing to sickness, and other physical disabilities I am unable to attend and hold the courts in my circuit commensing at Maryville in Blount County on the 4th Monday of May 1841. It is desired that a special Judge be appointed to hold said courts until I shall be in a condition to hold said courts until I shall be in a condition to attend to the duties of my office. I deem it proper further to state that it may be neccessary to appoint some one not resident in my circuit, [illegible] the fact that the [illegible] there of competent law knowledge are generally retained in the cases to be tried, and would be incompetent to preside as Judges. I will, therefore, respectfully suggest that a commission be forwarded to [illegible] Jarnigan Esqr, who I am informed will be at Maryville. If appointed the commission may be (directed?) to him at Maryville where it is hoped it will arrive before it will be necessary for the clerk to adjourn the court. I am, with high respect, Your Obt. Servant, Edw. Scott {signature}

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{label at top of page} Polk B1-f4 Hon. Edward Scott .3 Judge H. - Certificate of inability in con-sequence of sickness to hold the Courts in his Circuit. John O Connoley appointed special Judge - May 27th 1841

{perpendicular handwritten text crosses other text} [illegible] May 19 To His Excellency James K. Polk Nashville Tennessee

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