Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

The suits which had been commenced against the  Jackson Co. people for damages <progressed so slow and was attended with so much costs that they> were all dropped but two  which were thought <to be> sufficient to try the experiment to  asscertain whether or not anything could be obtained by  law. About Near $300, <costs> had to be paid to obtain a change of venue  the suits were <then> removed to Ray Co., Court after court passed and  the trials were put over— at last <At Last In the summer of 1836> the time <at last> drew near when it  was supposed that the <trials> must come on which was very gratifying  to those who planted the suits. When the time of court came their  lawyers instead of going to trial <as they should have done> made a sort of compromise with  the mobbers by dropping one suit without even having the costs  paid & that this <too> without the knowledge or consent of their employer the  <on the> other suit the defendants agreed to pay a few hundred dollars though  not as much as the lawyers fees & costs had been. had their lawyers  laboured as hard to have <had> a fair trial as they did to bring about  this compromise Had our brns <the> lawyers been true to them <brns> and brought  their suits to trial instead of makeing the <a> compromise and laboured  faithfully for them as though them meant to earn their $1000. there is  no doubt but that on the two suits they <would have> obtained as many thousands  of dollars for them as they did hundreds by the compromise [p. [19]]
Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, ca. 1839; handwriting of Edward Partridge; nineteen pages (several additional leaves missing); CHL.