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Commission for Ascertaining and Adjusting the Boundary Line Between the States of Virginia and Tennessee

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1269

This collection consists of one handwritten document from 1804 by William Maclin pertaining to the boundary line between Virginia and Tennessee. It also includes a handwritten letter signed by John Sevier on July 11, 1804 confirming the validity of Maclin's document. Typed transcripts of both documents are also included. In 1779, a survey team was commissioned to plot Tennessee's northern boundary, but the attempt encountered several problems and the final conclusion was a line several miles north of the intended boundary. When a spokesman for Tennessee wanted to adopt the new boundary, he was met with resistance from Virginia. The two sides eventually found a compromise in a new team plotting a new border in 1802. Looking forward to this, William Maclin drew up this agreement to confirm the new state boundary. It was signed by Maclin in 1804.

Dates

  • 1804 July 11

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of one handwritten document from 1804 by William Maclin pertaining to the boundary line between Virginia and Tennessee. It also includes a handwritten letter signed by John Sevier on July 11, 1804 confirming the validity of Maclin's document. Typed transcripts of both documents are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Maclin (1735-1803) served as Tennessee's Secretary of State from 1796-1807 and as Adjutant-General under John Sevier. Despite his political positions, little else is known about his history.

Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier was an early American soldier and statesman. As a soldier he fought some thirty-five battles or skirmishes including the controversial Battle of Kings Mountain. His political career started as a representative to the Provincial Congress during the Revolutionary War. He helped organize the State of Franklin, which collapsed after a battle between his faction and the opposing Tipton Family faction in February 1788. This battle tarnished Sevier's reputation and, after his arrest for taking part in a brawl in 1788, he fled to hide in the mountains. His way back to political respectability was by strongly supporting the ratification of the national Constitution. In 1789 he was pardoned upon election to the North Carolina Senate. Also, in 1789, Sevier was elected to Congress for the 1789-1791 term as the representative of North Carolina's Western district. With the cession of western lands to the Federal government, Sevier became active in the politics of the new territory, serving in the Territory's legislative council. With statehood in 1796, Sevier became the first governor of Tennessee. For 1796-1801 he served three consecutive terms and returned to the position two years later for three more terms in office 1803-1809. In 1809 he was elected to the state Senate and in 1811 he was again elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. Here he served, until he died in 1815, while on a mission to survey the boundary of the Indian peace treaty.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480