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eighty pages of foolscap. Both have been preserved, as has also the correspondence between Ward Chipman and his old friend Blowers, called forth by this trial.'

The intensity of feeling aroused by the trial may be inferred from the fact that two challenges to a duel were sent out at its close. One of these, from Stair Agnew, a slave-owner residing near the mouth of the Nashwaak, and the real owner of the slave before the court, Judge Allen declined to accept—an act of great courage at that day ; the other, from John Murray Bliss to Samuel Denny Street. led to an encounter with pistols at nine paces distance, in the old court-house still standing just below the Queen hotel in Fredericton, which the seconds succeeded in terminating after a single harmless exchange of shots. Some keen remarks on the part of Mr. Bliss had called forth a blow or an attempted blow from Mr. Street, followed by a challenge on the part of Mr. Bliss to his opponent to meet him with pistols in an hour, to which a response was returned of readiness to oblige him in half that time. Tradition has it that after the affair was happily ended, Mr. Street, who during the Revolutionary war had acquired the reputation of a " fire-eater", coolly inspected the impression made by the bullet on the wall, and remarked, •• Missed him by an inch". The principals and their seconds, Messrs. Stair Agnew and Anderson, were all indicted by the York county sessions, but some difficulty appears to have been found by the magistrates in determining who were the actual principals in the affair, and the case was ultimately quashed on the ground of irregularities.'

t For a copy of this interesting correspondence the writer is indebted to the Rev. W. O. Raymond, M. A., of St. John. Ward Chipman's lengthy •' Brief", with some notes from the able pen of the owner of the MS., J. Allen Jack. Esq., D. C. I_, of St. John, will appear in the forthcoming volume of •' Tntnsactions of the Royal Society of Canada

 

• Mr. J. W. Lawrence in his •, Footprints" is in error in his narrative of this incident. The above statement is from the Rev. V. O. Raymond, gathered float original documents.


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