Folio sheet folded to 7-3/4" x 10". , [3 blanks] pp. Neat ink manuscript on lined paper. Final page lightly dusted. The agreement is a contemporary copy, with the entire document and signatures in the same handwriting. Very Good.
A war of words erupted between Editor Moseley and Judge Daniel over articles printed in the Lynchburg Republican and the Richmond Daily Examiner. Four attorneys read the articles, concluded that neither party intended harm to the other, and drew up this unusual, formal document to avert a contemplated duel. We locate no printed record of either the controversy or the original agreement.
The contract reads in part: "The whole ground of complaint against Judge Daniel is his supposed endorsement of an offensive article in the Lynchburg Republican, by a publication of Judge Daniel's in the Examiner... [We] are of the opinion, that the statement of Judge Daniel in the Examiner judging from the terms of the reference to the article in the Republican was never intended to apply to Mr. Moseley the offensive language contained in that paper, but simply to deny the authorship of an article previously published in the Lynchburg Republican. We would respectfully suggest that as this controversy never should have arisen between Mr. Moseley and Judge Daniel, the previous correspondence be withdrawn and the difficulty be considered as honorably adjusted. James Lyons, Robert C. Stanard, Henry P. Irving, James A. Seddon. We, William Daniel and Alex. Moseley assent to and adopt the foregoing paper, Wm. Daniel, Jr, A. Moseley."
Alexander Moseley [1807-1881, a University of Virginia graduate, edited the Richmond Whig. William Daniel, Jr. [1806-1873] earned a law degree from the University of Virginia, was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The witnesses were all Virginia lawyers prominent at the Bar and Virginia political life. James Lyons [1801-1882] was a prosecuting attorney; member of the Virginia House of Delegates; several time delegate to Whig National Conventions; Chairman of the Virginia Whig Party; member of the First Confederate Congress. Robert C. Stanard [1814-1857] was a Richmond judge and State Senator; Henry P. Irving was a Cumberland lawyer and Whig; member of the Virginia House of Delegates; elector during the 1844 and 1848 presidential elections. James A. Seddon [1815-1880] was a Richmond lawyer; member of the U.S. House of Representatives; and the Confederate Secretary of War from 1862-1865. Item #36067