Wiatt: Chancery Cause, Campbell County (Part 2 of 7)
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Lynchburg March 22 1860 B Dr McDearmon Dear Sir We have been consulting together about leaving Virginia, and after having fully considered the consequences, have come to the conclusion that we would be treating ourselves with great injustice were we to leave before securing to ourselves the funds which we believe honestly are due us from our former Master's estate, and which if left behind would never be attended to in such a manner as to benefit ourselves. Our determination is caused by no wish to disobey the laws of Virginia, but it is prompted by a desire to obtain what is justly our own, and what would secure us from many privations in a new country and among strangers. If any arrangement can be made, so that we will receive our money, we are each and every one willing to emigrate immediately afterwards, but until that is done, we must decline going and believe, under the circumstances, that the laws of the state will sustain us in the determination. Your Obt Servants Wyatt Wood, John Wood, Albert Wood, Griffin Wood for themselves and relations