September 12th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Judge Smith of Canandaigua, came over to see his son, and, in my study, I put before him the case between Mr. Douglas and myself, reading that portion of the statutes which is in dispute. He expressed no opinion, but took the statutes with him to the hotel to consider them. In the evening he informed me that he had carefully read and considered the statutes, and that he could not see how there was room for more than one interpretation of the passage in dispute, or of that taken in connection with the whole scope of the instrument, and that was the interpretation I had given, and acted on.


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