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Swans Point Jany 7 1868

Genl Alland Rutherford

Dear sir yours of the 15th instant is just at hand and contents noticed. you are misinformed in regard to the arrest of Marcus Paine. he was not arrested or threatened with jail. but as I understood, him was willing to pay the fine of five dollars and give a bond of two hundred dollars for the maintainace [[maintenance]] of Mel Paine his daughters child. to prevent its becoming a county charge, which bond and five dollars is to be handed over to the County Court Clerk and the bond filed, the giveing [[giving]] the bond on paying the fine was entirely voluntary on his part. the one dollars cost was the officers cost for serving the warrant on the woman and bringing her to trial.  very Respectfully

T. J. Armstrong
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