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Letter from the Chevalier D'Yrujo

Identifier: MS-3850

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This collection is a pamphlet including a letter from the Chevalier D'Yrujo, Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States on William Blount's impeachment. On January 19, 1798 he wrote the Chairman of the Committee appointed to prepare and report articles on the impeachment of William Blount. In his letter, he endorsed one of the witnesses against Blount, John Phillips Ripley, and clarifies that he in no monetary manner influenced Ripley’s testimony.


  • 1798 January 19


This material is in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection is a pamphlet including a letter from the Chevalier D'Yrujo, Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, to the Chairman of the Committee appointed to report on William Blount's impeachment.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chevalier D’Yrujo was the Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States from Spain.

William Blount was born to Jacob and Barbara (Gray) Blount in Bertie County, North Carolina on March 26, 1749. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a paymaster for the Continental Army's troops in the North Carolina Line. He married Mary Grainger (1753-1802) on February 12, 1778 and the couple had at least six children: Ann, Mary Louisa, William Grainger, Richard Blackledge, Barbara, and Eliza. Blount began his political career in 1780 when he was elected to the North Carolina State House of Commons, where he served for four years. He was also involved in national politics, serving as a delegate to the Continental Congress (1782, 1783, 1786, and 1787) and as a member of the convention that framed the U. S. Constitution (1787). In 1790, President George Washington appointed Blount Governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio (including what is now Tennessee). In the same year, Blount became the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. He served as Governor until 1795 and as Superintendent until 1796. Blount went on to become chairman of the first Tennessee Constitutional Convention in 1796 and was elected Tennessee's first senator after the State was admitted to the Union. He was expelled from the Senate in 1797 after being convicted of plotting with the British to attack what are now Florida and Louisiana. He did not, however, leave politics, and was elected to the Tennessee State Senate 1798. William Blount died on March 21, 1800 in Knoxville, Tennessee and was buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA