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AFFAIR OF HONOR.
G. went before with Colonel E.,
Together in a carriage; On horseback followed H. and P.,
As if to steal a marriage.
On chosen ground they now alight,
For battle duly harness'd, A shady place and out of sight.
It show'd they were in earnest.
They met, and in the usual way
With hat in hand saluted, Which was, no doubt, to show how they
Like gentlemen disputed.
And then they both together made
This honest declaration, That they came there, by honor led,
But not by inclination.
That if they fought 'twas not because Of rancor, spite or passion,
But only to obey the laws Of custom and the fashion.