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Letter, 19 February 1853, of W[illia]m H. Hanckel, Edisto Is[land], to James Simons, Charleston
Letter, 19 February 1853, of W[illia]m H. Hanckel, Edisto Is[land], to James Simons, Charleston, seeks legal counsel in collecting a debt owed him by a Mr. Seabrook-"When I made the proposition...to remit the interest due to Mrs. Hanckel previous to the time of my marriage, on consideration of his settling the business without further litigation-I was in doubt whether in justice to her & her children I had any moral right to do so. I however made the proposal, not from any doubt as to my being legally & morally entitled to interest on all the balances to the present time, but because as a clergyman & a Christian I wished to avoid 'all appearance of evil,' & to prevent any reproach being cast upon me & my profession."

"This offer was distinctly acceded to by Mr. Seabrook, without the slightest reference to my paying costs," the letter goes on to say, "but now the other party recede from it...& encouraged I suppose by my having already given up so much, they propose that I shall give up still more." While Hanckel indicates his willingness to pay Simons' fee "as my solicitor," he asserts that "all other costs belong in all justice to Mr. Seabrook." Countering the proposals of Seabrook's attorneys, Hanckel concludes-"If they refuse...I will claim interest on all the balances due both before & after my marriage-which marriage by the by took place the 11th of November 1847, & not 16th May 1848-a difference of 6 months between the time from which interest ought to have been charged according to agreement, & from which it has been calculated."


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