The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 60
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valuation made by the appraiser of the vicinage he might in-
close said disapproval which then could be reviewed by the board
appointed by the Governor of the State & the President whose
decision should be final. I voted for Gray's amendment.
The bill to conscribe Marylanders & foreigners came up & the
house adjourned. Feel a little sad today. More unpleasant
rumors about gunboats & transports passing Vicksburg. This
looks like a dark day in our history. But I trust yet in God.
"Oh heavenly Father, let us not be confounded." "Oh save us
from our enemies and from the hands of all who hate us."'27
Wrote to my dear wife today. How anxious I am to hear from
Friday 24th Made some trifling purchases for home this
morning. Prices are dreadful.27" House continued the discus-
sion of the bill relating to the conscription of foreigners etc. It
it a troublesome question. We certainly are in no condition to
complicate our relations with foreign powers. About 2 o'clock
intelligence reached the House that our principal clerk, R. E.
Dixon,272 had just been killed by one Fore recently one of his
assistants. It turned out to be true. It is a dreadful affair.
All that I can learn of the facts is that Dixon discharged Ford
a day or two since on account of negligence & thereupon Ford
addressed him a note threatening to attack him on sight if not
restored to his place. He executed his threat today. As soon
as he met Dixon he fired on & killed him. (It seems that all
parties drank too much. Dixon I know did but he seemed to
have the instincts of a gentleman.) Became disgusted with
Hodge of Ky who rooms near me, upon his avowing that he
thought Ford's conduct perfectly proper & saying he would have
done so himself. I have a great horror of taking human life
from malicious preparation. God grant I may always have it. At
night session the death of the clerk was officially announced by
s'wQuotations reflect the tone if not the specific wording of the Epis-
copal prayer book.
2"Prices are dreadful. The currency price of coffee was (April, 1863)
twenty-seven times that in 1860; meat products twelve times its price
of that year; nails twenty-seven times its earlier price.
272R. E. Dixon-Robert E. Dixon of Georgia.
Ford-Cannot be identified.
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