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MVB to John Chester, 10 December 1812

D Sir,

Mr. Stone of this city has applyed to me to assist him in my professional capacity to recover satisfaction for an Injury which he supposes his horse received while in your employ. He has submitted to my perusal a correspondence betwen yourself & him on the subject from which it appears that an amicable adjustment of the matter is no[t] to be expected. If in this impression I am correct I wish you would direct some attorney to enter an appearance for you which will save the necessity of Issuing process.

Although this is not an affair of great moment I yet feel it my duty to assure you that I regret extremely that the respectability of Mr. Stone and the nature of my professional duties prevent me from refusing a complyance with his wishes.

Should a compromise be still practicable it will give me great pleasure to use my best endeavours to prevail on Mr. Stone to make his terms as reasonable as possible.

With Respect & Esteem

Your hble. Servt


Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 2 (1 January 1812-16 February 1815)