John B. D. Smith to Isaac Hite, January 1832
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formation of that infernal new county. I have succeeded in amending the lines, so as to run from Lee's Mill to McKays spring, thence to Hand's ferry & thence down the river. This amendment was agreed to by the committee of Propositions & Grievances and will probably be agreed to by the house. If so Madison Hite & his friends will owe me a treat. The residue of the county will in all human probability pass into a law. at least I think it will get through the lower house. I hardly know how to attack it. But if there is room enough exposed to hold a bullet, I'll give it a mountain shot to a certainty. My situation is unfortunate in the matter. I stand almost alone. Wood, Bryce, & Carson all opposed to me; but nil desperandum: I will not strike a blow, unless certain of doing something; for it is obvious much strength may be exhausted very foolishly in a Legislative body. At present my personal popularity with the east, is tolerably strong - I'll not lose it a purpose. Give my love to all the good people & believe me yours sincerely John B. D. Smith