I spent my morning at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, checking my research on my three folks for the Nashville encyclopedia. Everyone was in a good mood. All the staffers were cheerful and really helpful, so I accomplished a lot more than I thought I would.
And I discovered that Joseph Deraque twice petitioned the General Assembly to give him a little thank-you money for saving the city. They declined. I also got to flip through Paul Clement’s book which is, ugh, just so fucking amazing. I feel like we should give him a medal. Hell, we should let him petition the General Assembly for a little thank-you money!