Colonel Robert Love Papers and Letters
Waynesville 10th of March 1824
JOHN G BLOUNT Esqr
I received a letter from Major BLOUNT on the 19th of
January last dated
near Jonesborough. In his letter to me
he states that Mr. LOCKEHART informed him that he
(?)ted JAMES HAWKINS
at a Court in Nashville which was
shortly to commence & that he was to have the will of
STROTHER proven & would immediately forward to
me a certified copy. Whether this is not done to
a question in my mind for he told me the
same kind of a tale was a year ago (this for your own ears).
Things are suffering
here very much for the
lack of an authenticated copy of the Will or a
Deed, I have had several sets of
costs to pay
lately for lack of the necesfary papers to
support the suits, one of which was for the Little
Sect. opposite the upper Warmsprings,
I am really afraid to proceed on with any Business
until I receive something
to substantiate your claim.
I Expect to move out in the Indian purchase near
Tuckasijah River which will be throwing me
from those Lands, and there a certain ZACHARIAH CANDLER
who is anxious to be employed in Culling & Selecting
out your Lands, he is well qualified for
that kind of Businefs, But still I do not know
how I can recommend him,
owing to his character,
as he stands implicated as being concerned in
counterfeiting Bank notes yet I suspect he cannot
be convicted from the evidence, he is still urgeing
to be employed & which would suit my present
But these are things with yourself.
His qualifications otherwise is good. He lives
8 miles below Asheville on the Warm Springs road
I have rec'd from Mr. GOOCH fifty Dollars of your
money but I had to apply it to payment of
the cofts. I am as I stated above afraid to do
anything in the Businefs until I could proceed with
kind of Certainity. My Brother Informs that
there has been some late decision in the Supreme
Court which goes
to invalidate all Grants which had
issued on Certificate of Surveyors which were
signed only by Deputy Surveyors,
if so this is
the casewith all your Grants in this Country,
do examine this Business and inform the cat(?)
it goes that may know how to (?).
I lately recd a Circular from a Committee of your
town of whom you were the Chairman, in favour
CALHOUN’s Election to the Presidency in opposition
to the Caucus Ticket, The People here are very much
opposed to the Caucus Candidate generally; But a
great majority are in favour of Genl JACKSON, yet
they are willing
to support Mr. CALHOUN provided
it is discoverable that JACKSON's support in the
different States is not as strong
as CALHOUNs, yet
they flatter themselves that if the Peoples Ticket
in this State can prevail over the Caucus Ticket
it is dicoverable that JACKSON's interest in the
other States are Greater than CALHOUNs that the
on the Peoples Ticket on the event of their success
will give their support to JACKSON or if otherwise that it
discoverable that CALHOUN's interest is the greatest
in the other States that JACKSON 's friends will go
in their support of him against the Caucus
Candidate so that there may be no division
among the electors of the
Peoples on the event of
their success - -
I am respectfully your friend & ob't servant
JOHN GRAY BLOUNT Esqr.
(transcribed from a photo copy of the original letter by
Wanda Harrell Stalnaker,
granddaughter of Col. Robert Love)
October 12th, 1839
Your letter of the 26th ultimo has just been received, its contents being
duly noted, I hasten
to reply to it.
I sincerely regret to find from the contents of your letter the treatment
which that worthy
man & patriot, Col. Robert Love, has received at the hands
of the pension office - that a man who thro life has sustained
exemplary character, his honesty, & probity should be suspected, in his
decline of life, must be truly mortifying
to him, as well as to the people of
North Carolina who have shown by their repeated acts of confidence in him,
high estimation of his moral worth.
As you have requested, it gives me pleasure to state my knowledge of Col.
Love. I became acquainted with him in North Carolina.
I think in the
fall of 1784, and have known him ever since and hazzard nothing in saying
that no man in this union has
sustained a higher reputation for integrity,
than Col. Robert Love, with all men and with all parties. Altho himself
uniform Democratic-Republican, and no man stands diservidly higher, as a man
of great moral worth, than Col. Love's
has always stood, in the estimation of
all who know him - that his integrity should, in his old age, be dobuted must
a source of mortification, not only to himself, but to every man in No.
where he has been so often honored by this confidence, as a public
I am with great
respect yr. mo.
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After relocating to Asheville, North Carolina,
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Reading: Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Hardcover:
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Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. Description: The county has always been
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