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Weston & Williams, co-partners who sell Northern shoes in Richmond, in the United States Territory of Virginia--two men who came to Haverhill, Mass., probably about four months ago — swindled the shoemakers of that town out of valuable property, giving therefor something like the following lying promissory note:

Haverhill, Mass.,-----, 1860.
For value received, we promise to pay to the order of------& Co.----dollars in four months from date.

The notes maturing, do Messrs. Weston & Williams pay up? Yes; they coolly cancel their liabilities by sending their unfortunate creditors the following charming letter:

Richmond, Va., April 13, 1861.
Messrs.----, Haverhill, Mass.:
Owing to the declaration of war against our beloved South, and the necessity of our arming and fighting, instead of pursuing the peaceful avocations of commerce, we have given up ourselves fully and freely to the work before us, and our resources are to be held at the disposal of the State until the issue is finally determined, when, if we have sufficient availabilities for assets left to meet our liabilities, it shall be done.

But until this fratricidal war is closed, we shall decline paying any of our own debts due to parties in the North, where they have drawn the sword against us. Hence the protest of our note in your favor this day, which we have the funds in bank to meet.

Very truly yours,

--N. Y. Tribune.

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