20th April 1837
Brother Joseph &
Your families are all well as usual and in good spirits— of Ravenna came here day before
& after counseling together he thought best to defer doing any thing with Clarke
& others for the present, but let them go on as they could do nothing— the enemy
have learned that we have the advantage of them, and seem to be startled and Davis & [Solomon]Denton say they will rot in prison before they will testify in Court.
The fact is Clarke and others have learned that they have said too much for their own good, and they feel
more quiet than they did & the excitement got up by them runs low, in consequence of which says to me this morning write Joseph & to come home as soon as they please they need have any fears on account of the enemy at
, , & went and saw [Timothy]
who says he will not settle otherwise than we pay him $2500 pay cost of
Court & he keep the farm, or he will leave it to men to say how much we
shall give him.
thinks if we
leave it to the Court to decide, Martindale will recover the 5000
$ therefore thinks [p. 61]