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The Athens Post
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Description: The Second Lynchburg Tragedy.

Date: July 25 1851

Newspaper published in: Athens, TN

Page/Column: 3

A Correspondent of the Charlottsville (Va.) Republican, writing on the 4th, from on the spot gives the particulars of the dreadful tragedy at Lovingston on Monday, growing out of the elopement of Dr. L. D. WILLIAMS, with the daughter of Rich'd G. MORRIS, Esq., of Amherst, near Lynchburg. He confirms the statement we have previously published, of young MORRIS coming in and sitting down at the table where were Dr. WILLIAMS and his two brothers, and Mr. HILL, their friend - when they were quietly returning home after the daughter has been recovered from them. He says --

Dr. W. continued to sip his coffee, when to the consternation of all, MORRIS seized a plate and threw it violently in Dr. WILLIAMS face at the same time springing up with a drawn pistol. All parties followed suit. The evidence was, that MORRIS' first barrel did not go off, the cap exploding. The witnesses think that he and Dr. W. exchanged shots. But by whom any of the parties was shot is more matter of conjecture, except Dr. W. He was shot, in the bar-room by young MORRIS.

It is supposed there were from five to seven shots in the dining room, and one, others are positive two, up stairs. Young MORRIS was caught by someone in the barroom as he was falling, taken up stairs, and died almost instantly. His corpse left here on Wednesday evening. Dr. W. and HILL are both here: dangerously wounded. Hopes are entertained that both may recover. All the living persons except Capt. MORRIS, were immediately arrested.

Their trial came off on Wednesday, and, after hearing the evidence of a host of witnesses, who gave testimony with hardly a shadow of variance, all were promptly discharged who were present, the two younger WILLIAMS and the warrant dismissed as to HILL and Dr. WILLIAMS, against whom also the process issued. This result was inevitable from the evidence.

The WILLIAMS'S intended, under advice, to leave for home, immediately after supper. The evidence was conclusive of young Mr. MORRIS'S intention to have a difficulty, at some time, if not that night.

I have not heart to speak of Capt. MORRIS'S anguish and almost frenzy that night - nor of his saddened and melancholy and unhappy state of mind next morning - nor yet of the piercing shrieks, the wailing and unutterable agony of his unhappy daughter. Her father started home the next morning, his daughter lying down in the carriage, the picture of the deepest suffering and a broken heart.

Submitted: 04/29/18

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