The Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) June 7, 1825 Page 4
Slander. – We have been informed that on the 19th April, came on for trial in the District Court of Ouachita, the case of Dr. Hamlin, member of the Legislature, against General Hughes, for slander. The broadest range of defence [sic] possible, was allowed the defendant. He denied in his answer having made use of the words – pleaded in justification, that if he had used them, they were true – and farther, that they were used in recrimination of the slander of the plaintiff against him. The examination of the witnesses who were very numerous ; and the arguments of the counsel, S.W. Downs and H.A. Bullard, for the plaintiff, and Mr. Boyce and Mr. Thomas for the defendant, lasted about 12 hours, from 8 o’clock in the morning until 8 in the evening.
The jury did not immediately agree, and were consequently kept together until court was called next morning, at which time they brought in a verdict for the plaintiff $11,000 damages.
Soon after the judgment of court for $11,000 was recorded, Dr. Hamlin, the plaintiff, came into court and voluntarily recorded satisfaction for the whole amount, without having received any part thereof – observing that he did not sue because he wanted Gen. Hughes’ money, but to protect an injured reputation ; that object having been obtained by the verdict of a jury, he would receive none of the money. [Lou. Adv.
 Dr. John M.A. Hamblen
 General John Hughes.