I am sorry to hear that the Difference between you and Mr.
A is at last like to be brought to a Law-Suit.... The Law,
my good Friend, I look upon more than any one thing as the
proper Punishment of an overhasty & perverse Spirit, as it is a
Punishment that follows of a man's own seeking and chusing.
You will not consent perhaps now to submit the Matter in Dispute
to Reference; but let me tell you that after you have expended
large Sums of Money, and squander'd away a deal of Time & Attendance
on your lawyers, and Preparations for Hearings one
Term after another, you will probably be of another Mind, and be
glad Seven Years hence to leave it to that Arbitration which you