Discourse, 26 May 1844, as Compiled by Leo Hawkins

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made made one out in due form, and as I sat down in a bustle the same as I do when one of the Clerks bring a deed for me to sign— read it. I said I can’t swear to that affidavit— I don’t believe it, tear up that paper. Mr Simpson agreed to come before Badham and make it up. I did not swear to it. After a while and others came in— they called me up to testify. I told it all, the same as I do here. Mr Simpson rose up— <​and asked​> “do you believe now that I am the man who stabbed Mr Badham.” I replied No sir, I do not now, nor ever did; the magistrate says I did not swear to it.” He considered, and made a public declaration that he was satisfied with me. went before the Grand Jury and swore <​that​> I did not swear to it: when goes and swears that I swore to it, and that he was in the room— when he was not in, wanted me to stay and have a conversation, asked for the writ and affidavit. He handed them to who read them, and then threw them into the fire. I said you ought not to have burned it, it was my paper. goes to the Grand Jury and swears he did not burn only one <​but I say he burnt both​>. He [p. 4]
made one out in due form, and as I sat down in a bustle the same as I do when one of the Clerks bring a deed for me to sign— read it. I said I can’t swear to that affidavit— I don’t believe it, tear up that paper. Mr Simpson agreed to come before Badham and make it up. I did not swear to it. After a while and others came in— they called me up to testify. I told it all, the same as I do here. Mr Simpson rose up— and asked “do you believe now that I am the man who stabbed Mr Badham.” I replied No sir, I do not now, nor ever did; the magistrate says I did not swear to it.” He considered, and made a public declaration that he was satisfied with me. went before the Grand Jury and swore that I did not swear to it: when goes and swears that I swore to it, and that he was in the room— when he was not in, wanted me to stay and have a conversation, asked for the writ and affidavit. He handed them to who read them, and then threw them into the fire. I said you ought not to have burned it, it was my paper. goes to the Grand Jury and swears he did not burn only one but I say he burnt both. [p. 4]
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