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Mark Bird to Isaac Hite, February 2, 1840

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                            Woodstock Feby 2 1840.

Dear Isaac

    Below I send you the form of an 

award to be made up and returned by the arbitraters in the suit between yourself and Brownfield. I have forgotten who was called in by Gatewood and Danner, or whether they chose a third referee or not. I have therefore left a blank for the name of the third referee, if one was chosen, and also for the sum which the arbitraters awarded you. These blanks can be filled up by the arbitraters themselves.

    We have but little news except the failure

of Jno. B. Steenbergen, which has produced much - excitement especially in the upper end of this county. It is not known as yet for what amount he has failed, but it will be very large; and upon whom the less is to fall will be a question for the courts to decide.

    How does the wheat turn out?  My reason 

for asking the question is, that, I am much in want of friends, and should be glad if you can give me some assistance. I am sure you did not expect, in receiving an answer to your note, to receive a [illegible?], but necessity is a strong prompter, and in this case must be my apology.

    Sarah and myself have been expecting