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John has good reason to be worried, as Fred is more than able to show the notes the Carol and there is little to nothing that John can do about it. The only possibility may be that he would make a contract with Fred to purchase the letters and any/all copies of them, and within the terms of that agreement, require Fred to maintain a 'gag' on the existence of the letters. This is a bit of creative resolution, but given the facts, John has no other possibilities.
I wish him good luck with this. Next time, if there is a next time, he will know better not put things down on paper or email that he doesn't want anyone to find out about.
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