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Near Nashville, Tennessee 21 Dec 1850

To His Excellency Gov Trousdale

By virtue of your commission of the ninth of September last appointing me, as the successor of Gov. Gerard Froost deceased " to select form the finest specimens of marble in the state of Tennessee a slab to be prepared forward and placed in the washington monument at the city of Washington in conformity with the provisions of a resolution of the General Assembly passed on the 13 of Decm 1849", I have selected & do so report to you , a specimen from the quarries Orville Rice in (Hawkins?) which specimen is herewith delivered to you and is of a dark (variegated?) mulberry color and is marked No 1 of a variety of specimens accompanying a letter from S D Mitchell dated 3 Oct 1850 from RogenvilleHerewith I also transmit the originals of the com=munications received by me on the subject. Very respectfully Daniel Graham

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