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I certify the Rev. B.F. Wells lived near me at the commencement of the late war, and was in favor of the South, or so seemed, as he believed the South to be justified in the war and I also certify that he did to my own personal knowledge make and have made at his own shop a large number of Long Knives and did present them to a regiment of rebel soldiers. and said they would be advantageous in a clean fight to cut off Yankies heads. This Nov. 23, 1865.