This letter has been drawn out to a most tedious length, and yet there are many circumstances connected with our early life and times in Marysville that I would add but for fear of trying your patience.
Please write to me on receipt of this, and tell me how my memory of the facts contained in this letter agrees with yours.
Very respectfully and truly your friend,
GORDON N. MOTT.
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Letter of L. Martin, Esq., the friend of Judge Barbour in his street attack.
MARYSVILLE, Tuesday, March 21, ’54.
DEAR JUDGE: I was glad to hear a few days ago from our friend Filkins that the trouble between you and Judge Barbour had been settled, and that the hatchet was buried.
I wish now to explain my connection with the assault made upon you about a year ago by Barbour. You have always appeared to think me in some way implicated in that affair, because I was seen by you at that time not far off from him. The facts are these: Judge Barbour told me the night before that he expected to have a street fight with you, and wanted me to accompany him. I had heard of his conduct in the affair of the intended duel in Sutter County, and knew there was bad blood between you, but I was astonished at his saying there was going to be a difficulty between you in the street. I consented to accompany him, but I supposed of course that you had received notice of his purpose, and that there would be no unfair advantage