Thomas Mann Randolph to Peter Carr

As I could not be with you to read to you what I had written I leave it for you. My conversation with gentlemen here has made me think lighter of those infamous stories than I did: therefore I have not sent it to the Gazette as I intended: it being necessary to put my name to a paragraph such as it would be. I had no thought of any thing but demanding a certificate from Calender that I was not one he could prove believed the story untill I spoke to you the day Mr Hay beat him; which occurrence prevented for obvious reasons my going to him

RC (ViU: CC); unsigned; dateline at foot of text; in the hand of Thomas Mann Randolph; addressed: “Peter Carr Esquire Delegate from Albemarle”; endorsed by Carr: “T. M. Randolph.”

When journalist James T. Callendar (1758–1803) publicly accused Richmond attorney George Hay of deliberate unprofessional behavior, Hay beat him with his walking stick, which was the socially acceptable response for a gentleman to make to the insult of someone not his social equal (DAB; ANB; Michael Durey, “With the Hammer of Truth”: James Thomson Callendar and America’s Early National Heroes [1990], 164–5).