Status: Incomplete

Image Condition: Ink Smeared

Primary County: Hawkins

Date Filed (format: YYYY/MM/DD): 1803/01/33


Purpose / Short Description:

Text of Petition (drag lower right corner to enlarge box): To the honourable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee
of [Knoxville?] assembled 1803
We your petitioners inhabitants of the County aforementioned
impartially viewing the many wrongs and inconveniences
that we labour under with respect to our publick buildings
humbly request the interposition of your honourable body to
[regret?] our wrongs and to relieve us from being obliged to
travel to almost an outside and remote [first] of the County
two our Courthouse where at present is [first]
The distance from the State line which is also the County
line on the East and of the County to the Courthouse does not
exceed twenty miles which comprehends the part taken
off of Hawkins County which part we pray may continue
annual to Hawkins and may not the considered a part of
Claiborne County as we connect we have a sufficient boun-
day of Country to make a constitutional County with-
out it. The inconvenience is, it is a narrow and moun-
tanous pair but few inhabitants yet appears from some
partially or other to withhold justice from the other apart
of the County as they have unjustly drawn our publick
buildings much above the [cluster?] that way the distance
from the Courthouse westward to Anderson County line is about
thirty six miles. The distance from he Courthouse south to the
Grainger line about five or six miles. And the distance
from the Courthouse North to the Indian lands from twelve
to fourteen miles and much farther to the state line which
is the present county line. We verily believe this statement
of facts correct; in addition to which the west end of the
county is much wider than the east end and vastly superior
in number. Therefore pray your honours by your delegated
authority two remedy our districts by directing
our publick buildings to be completely in the center of the
county or as convenient as possible to the majority. We further
pray the next Election for members to the General Assembly
to be held at Yokims Station in Powells valley and as in [-end] will ever pray

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