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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Hardy Murfree Cryer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04363 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 July 1823 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 32.3 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Describes the flogging and subsequent escape of a slave named Cyrus. Explains the events that led to the overseer, Mr. Parsons, flogging Cyrus, and Cyrus' running away. Says Cyrus has been found and that "Cyrus shall not be abused, but he must be taught subordination." Cryer may have been interested in buying Cyrus. Written from the Hermitage.

Background Information: Hardy M. Cryer was a Methodist preacher in Sumner County Tennessee. He and Jackson owned a number of horses together.

People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Cryer, Hardy M., 1792-1846

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentSlaveryRunaway SlaveAfrican American History

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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