Dated 29 October 1801
To the Tennessee General Assembly from Henry Howell, James Fears, William Millikin, and Michael Massingill
In 1797, they were appointed to purchase land and lay off a place for the erection of a court house, prison, and stocks in Grainger County. They did so and contracted with Charles Smith to do the work, giving him their bond for $400.
The county received the properties and, for nearly two years, has used the building, for which it has paid only $100.
Smith brought suit, and the four were forced to pay the debt and court charges. They now ask for a legislative act to refund their losses.
Source: Abstract of the petition, published in the TN Genealogical Society‘s “Ansearchin'” News, Vol. 2, 1993, page 72.
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