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    William Blount Manuscript Document Signed "Wm Blount" as "Governor in and over the Territory of the United States south of the river Ohio," one page, 8" x 12.75". Knoxville, July 10, 1795. Order to David Henley, Agent for the Department of War, to "Pay William Rickard, Pay-Master pro tem to the troops in the Territory aforesaid seven hundred and four dollars eighty cents out of the money in your hands appropriated for the defensive protection of the frontiers for the pay of a Detachment of Mounted Infantry of Miro District Col. James Ford's Regiment under the command of Julius Sanders (Lieut.)..." Also signed "Chas. McClung/Pres. Secretary" (twice) and, on verso, "Wm Rickard" beneath a manuscript receipt for $704.80. Charles McClung (1761-1835) was the surveyor who laid out the city of Knoxville in 1791. He also ran several mercantile businesses and worked as a lawyer. David Henley (1749-1823) fought in the American Revolution and was the agent for the War Department in charge of Indian affairs based in Knoxville from 1793-1801. William Rickard was commanding officer of the 12th Company, 3rd Sub-Legion, stationed at Knoxville. William Blount (1749-1800), a signer of the Constitution, was appointed Governor of the Territory of the United States South of the river Ohio by President George Washington in 1790. He selected the site of White's fort as the capital in 1791 and gave it the name Knoxville in honor of Revolutionary War hero General Henry Knox. When the territory was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796, as the State of Tennessee, Blount was elected one of its first two U.S. Senators. Paper seal affixed at upper left. Lightly browned folds nicked at edges expertly strengthened on verso with tissue. An attractive document in fine condition.

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