Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Blount, [17 February 1791]

From William Blount

[“Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio. At William Cobbs.” 17 Feb. 1791.] In December he appointed and commissioned civil and military officers for Davidson, Sumner, and Tennessee counties, which form the district of Mero. “The people of that district also appear much pleased with the change of the government.—The superior Court for the District of Washington is now setting. Judges Campbell and McNairy are present. Whether Mr. Perry accepts of his appointment or not. I am uninformed.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, SWT); in the hand of Daniel Smith, signed by Blount; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Mch. 1791 and so recorded in SJL. For the officers commissioned, see Carter, Terr. Papers description begins The Territorial Papers of the United States, ed. Clarence E. Carter, Washington, 1934–62, 26 vols. description ends , iv, 432–42. Mero District was named for Don Estevan Miró, Spanish governor of Orleans. William Peery declined the appointment and Joseph Anderson was named to fill the vacancy (same, iv, 40, 45; see documents grouped at 4 Mch. 1791 on the Anderson appointment).

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