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Russell, Richard v. Wright, Austin: Judgment, Brunswick County

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5 Buckner Davis was next examined Question by Deft } What Character does Richard Russel support Generally - is it a Fair Character or a Black one Answer From the General Talk it is not very Fair Question by Pltff } did you ever hear anything against my character before the Deft. and myself were at Law Answr. I am induced to believe that the unfavorable talk against you was since the Suit respecting the Negro commenced. Question by Pltff } Did you ever hear me accused of any act of Theft Answr. I never did. as I recollect respect the Negro & that you told me yourself you was charged with Question by Pltff } How long have we been acquainted & in Habits of Intimacy & Dealings and did In any of our transactions appear other than an Honest tran [transaction] Answr. I think we have been acquainted about Twelve or Thirteen Years. Two or Three Years of the Time in the Same Family I [concurred?] we were in the Habits of Intimacy about 8 or 9 Years after which Time people complained of your Conduct & our Intimacy ceased - in any of our Dealings I [conceived?] you to be an Honest Man - after our Habits of Intimacy & Dealings