Depositions of Christopher Denton and Joseph Sanderson, 1742 Nov. 15.
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Caroline County Sct. On the Fifteenth day of November 1742. We the subscribers mett at the house of Mrs. Dorothy Roy to Examine Witnesses upon a complaint made by Colo. William Woodford against William Alcocke one of the Inspectors at Conway's Warehouse. the substance of whose Complaint is as Follows Vizt. for his being guilty of Partiallity in his office for Passing Cutt Tobacco for Lawrence Battail Gent. when he refused to Pass the same sort of tobacco for the sd Woodford before
The Deposition of Christopher Denton aged about forty seven years being first sworn saith that about somtime last June Lawrence Battail Gent. sent his People with two hogsheads of Cut Tobacco to Conway's Warehouse in order to have them Inspected, and the sd Lawrence Battail ordered this Depo. who was his Tobacco Cutter to tell Mr. Allcock there was a Law made to pass Cutt Tobacco, and the sd Allcocke told him he must see the Law first, this Depo. also saith that the sd Allcocke & John Garret his partner went to the House of the said Battail's & Tared his casks before the Tobacco was put in them, soon after the Tobacco was at the Warehouse the sd Battail came there & told Mr. Allcocke that he had brought some Cutt Tobo. and this Depo. saith the said Allcocke came to the Cutting House several times and saw the tobacco as he was cutting of it. and that the said tobacco was looked at & passed. This Depo. further saith that somtime after the sd Battail sent four hhds. more of the same sort of tobacco to the sd Warehouse & about a week after Mr. Battail went with this Depo. to ye Warehouse, & the said Battail told Mr. Allcocke he had sent four Hhds more of Cutt Tobacco & desired he would Inspect them, but Mr. Allcocke told him he did not care to look at it because it would make some dispute between Mr. Woodford & him, and Mr. Battail made answer he need not fear any dispute for you have Tared my Casks & never did Woodfords and that the sd Battail told Allcocke he would bear him harmless & if he would not take his word he would give him his Bond, and thereupon the sd four Hhds