MURDOCK COLLECTION OF JOHN OVERTON PAPERS, 1780-[1797-1820]-1908

This collection of papers of John Overton, numbering approximately 900 items, are composed of correspondence, two promissory notes, a Masonic document and a small diary of Nashville events listed yearly beginning in 1780, ending in 1851. The correspondence deals primarily with land cases of John Overton as lawyer and judge with some Tennessee politics intermingled. In a letter written to Willie Blount in 1827, marked confidential, Overton gives his opinion of Andrew Jackson’s chances of becoming president. A letter of George W. Campbell gives information about foreign affairs. Spanish affairs were more hopeful than relations with Great Britain, whose cruisers, he wrote, continued to impress American seamen. Several letters were written to Overton by Andrew Jackson while he was serving in Congress at Philadelphia in 1798.