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September 21, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

George M. Payne, Esq. Responds

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1850 Census, Marion County, Florida

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George M. Payne, upon leaving Buckingham County for the South, responded to his friends of the Buckingham bar:

Buckingham Ct. House, Oct. 11, 1847.

Gentlemen – I have this moment received your favor communicating to me a copy of the proceedings of a meeting of the members of the Court and Bar of this county, held this day.

My will prompts not the coming separation to which your letter and the accompanying resolutions refer. In leaving friends endeared by an intercourse frank and unreserved, through a long term of years, I sever ties at the bidding of stern necessity; and no matter what may be the fortunes that await me, the testimony that I carry with me the sympathy and good wishes of the members of the Court of Buckingham, of my professional brethren, and of all worthy men who know me, will fill with brighter ray even the sunny land to which I go; or if storms visit me there, give me increased strength to bear them….

Your friend,

Geo. M. Payne

What necessity took George M. Payne south to Florida? Health? Relations? Other business?

If a Slate River Ramblings reader knows what became of George M. Payne, Esq., please comment.

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