March 31, 1871
LEBANON, VA. March 27, 1871
Editors Abingdon Virginian:
My silence of for the past few weeks is attributable to the absence of news of public interest. There is still a sameness in the occurence of passing events in a quiet village like ours, that the mind is oftentimes on a stretch, and even then cannot comprehend ideas of sufficient importance to claim a perusal; but were I to be controlled in my action by considerations of this [...] my pen would fall from my hand, and all might think Russell was no more.
Benjamin Whetsell, who was some three weeks ago shot in the leg by a ball from an army pistol in the hands of H. C. Moore, died from his wounds on last Wednesday - mortification having taken place. There is, however, a cheering thought connected with this affair, and which will doubtless be a source of consolation to the friends of the deceased, and that is, he left behind him clear and undisputed testimony of his acceptance with God.