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Aaron: Freedom Suit, Prince Edward County (Part 2 of 2)

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The deposition of William Baldwin taken at Prince Edward Courthouse on Monday the 21st of November 1808 by consent of parties to be read as evidence in a suit in Chancery depending and undetermined in the County Court of Prince Edward between Aron plaintiff and Andrew Baker John Baker and Catherine Baker executors and ex'tx. of Andrew Baker deceased defdts. This deponent being of lawful age, and sworn upon the holy evangetest [evangelist] of almighty God deposith [deposeth] and saith that some few days before the death of Andrew Baker dec'd. he the said Andrew sent for this deponent to come to his house; and he this deponent went accordingly: and some minutes after he this deponent got to the house of the said Andrew he the said Andrew handed this defendant a paper which he the said Andrew called his last will and testament and which the deponent read; and after reading the same in this deponent discovered that the plaintiff Aron was not mentioned in the said Will: and after which this deponent and the said Andrew had some conversation respecting this the said Andrew's emancipating the said Aron, when this deponent told the said Andrew that it was his opinion that if he did emancipate the said Aron he would have to bind his Exors. or legatees to support the said Aron he being passed the age of forty five when the said Andrew replyed [replied] that he never would. A few days after the above conversation took place between the said Andrew and this deponent and as well as this deponent recollects about three days before the death of