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The reasons I have to offer for an application to you for the name of the author of the article signed " A Citizen of Nashville " are such as must, I think, readily suggest themselves to your minds. The article in question contains a direct personal attack upon me by name, in such a manner is according to all the principles of fair dealing, entitles me to know by whom I am this assailed: and when an editor admits such articles into his columns, I have always understood him bound to make known the name of the author to the person assailed, or as assuming, by a refusal, the responsibilities of the authorship upon himself.
Under these circumstances, I presume you will no longer hesitate to comply with my request.
Yours &c [and et cetera]
W.G. Hunt Nov. [November] 13, 1824
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Messieurs Maury & Fitzgerald Editor of the Nashville Republican