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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...one was under obligation to
receive C-onfederate notes in the payment of any debt, and, of
course, no one could be (-omidcred to be disloyal for declining to
receive them in the payment of any debt, or could, by so doing,
render himself liable to imprisonmcnt, or any other punishment. The
record does not 1876. August Term. I816. Auguat Term. Simmons V.
Trumbo. show that there was then any military force of the
Confederate government in this county, and, if there had been, we
could not presume, in the absence of any evidence, that any
military officer of the Confederate Government would, in violation
of the laws of the Confederate Government, order the arrest and
imprisonment of any man, simply because he declined to receive
Confederate money in payment of a debt; for, in issuing such order,
he would have obviously subjected himself to punishment. The
appellant had no control of any military force, and no influence
with the Confederate authorities, civil or military, which he might
use against the appellee; he could not have induced them, in
violation of their own laws, to imprison the appellee; he did not
pretend to have, or threaten to exercise, any such influence; he
had no power to imprison the appellec, and he did not threaten to
do so. We must, therefore, regard the declaration of the appellant,
made at the time he offered to pay the first bond in Confederate
notes, as a foolish expression of opinion, which ought not to have
influenced any man of ordinary intelligence and firmness, nor was
the receipt, at that time and place, of Confederate notes, in
payment of the debt, any evidence of imbecility of intellect, or
timidity of mind. The court knows, judicially, that Confederate
notes were then but slightly depressed, and...
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