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Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
This handwritten letter, dated October 9, 1892, is written from Thornton Briggs to W. S. Eaton, in which Briggs accuses Eaton of being a "confirmed liar" or having memory failure. The letter goes on to explain why Briggs feels that way and provides details involving a deceased person, Mattie Clarke Eaton and an agreement involving payment that Mattie and Briggs came to prior to their death. Briggs insists that Eaton was aware of the agreement and names several other people who were aware of the agreement and situation. The letter further expresses some grievances Briggs has with Eaton's handling of Mattie's affairs after their death and other perceived grievances. Letter ends with the warning that "What is got over the Devil's back will go under his Belly" and that "what don't belong to you will be a curse to you!" A hand written note, written in pencil at the top of the first page states "Family feud with Eatons."
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Letter, Thornton Briggs to W. S. Eaton, October 9, 1892, Original Manuscript Collection, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.