Edward Govan to Dabney C. Terrell

Dear Terrell

Your letter came safely to hand I have paid all your debdts as far as the money wil go Dr Foulk and Sam brought in larger bills than I expected. Machir has not the money he owes you but he will get it soone. that will [. . .] pay all but the 5 for the diploma. I will get the diploma and Machir will take it on to Winchester, that I think its safest method to pursue. With respect to your standing a trial; take the advice of a friend and abandon that notion. Neither Duncan nor Watts are in town; but the jury have brought in their verdict murder in the first degree. I advise you by all means to stay in Virginia or in Kentuckey Have a little patience and it will blow over, after a while. If any step should be taken to bring you to a trial I will give you or your uncle as timely notice of it as possible. Doo not my dear fellow give way to melancholy reflection. or There is no danger at present to be apprehended. I will write again to you if you remain at Charlottsvill or where ever you should be, if I can hear of you I shall not fail to write. It is a source of pleasure to me to [. . .] assist a friend. I may see you in Virginia probably before long. Adieu for the present. Your old friends all send their respects to you, and beleive me your sinceer friend.

E Govan
RC (ViU: Carr and Terrell Family Papers); addressed: “Mr Dabney C Terrell Charlottsville Ablermarle County Virginia” by “mail”; stamped.
Edward Govan
Dabney C. Terrell
Date Range
February 4, 1816