Russell, Richard v. Wright, Austin: Judgment, Brunswick County
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No 7 William Wright aposeth and saith that he was at Mecklen last November [illegible] the year 1805 and heard a despute arise between Austin Wright and Rich'd Russell and heard Austin Wright tell Rich'd Russell [we? are?] well as [illegible] that he was a dam'd Rogue and that he had stolen his negroes and that he he[a]rd and could prove it, and I didnot hear any provocation given by said Russell, and I believe Austin Wright was a soberman at that time, but appeared to be a very angry man, and did challenge sd [said] Russell for a fight. (Quest. by Deft. What did you understand the General Character of Richard Russell is, -- Answr. His general Character is that he would take the advantage of any man he could in trade.) but I donot know of any Dishonesty in him of myself or of my own knowledge or belief, and further this Deponent saith not. William Wright Sworn to before me this 18th day of August 1806. Edm'd Mayfield JP Phil. Hawkins JP