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John B. D. Smith to Isaac Hite, January 1832

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Richmond Jan. 1832 [no name?] Richmond

Dear Isaac, Your letter came to hand somedays since, as you may have seen by my letter to your spouse. I intended answering it sooner than this time, but what with business, frolicking & laziness, it has been postponed even until now. You say Mr. Jones believes Marshall Jones has fallen in a duel. I suppose you know that is not the case. The Winchester Doctors have very courteously refrained from noticing Marshall's unfortunate affair. I do not blame him myself, but there is that in public opinion which makes men recoil from the shedder of human blood & I fear time cannot expunge from the memory of the world a transac[tion,]