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Hill, Henry v. Taylor, Humphrey: Chancery Cause, Madison County (Part 3 of 10)

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The deposition of Fontain Stonesiffer taken at the office of J.C. Gibson at Culpeper Court House on Friday the 30th of August 1844 between the hours of ten Oclock in the morning and two oclock in the evening of same day to be read as evidence before the commissioner in Chancery now taking on account by order of the circuit Superior court of Law & Chancery for the county of Madison made in the suit of Henry Hill agt. Humphry Taylor which account is now being taken before Thos J. Humphries of Madison County which said Humphris is one of the commissioners of said court.

 This deponant after having been first duly sworne, deposes & says as follows -

Question by Hills council:

If you know any thing about the fact of a partnership heretofore existing between Henry Hill and Humphrey Taylor 

(the plaintiff & Defendant) state what you know about it and if you do know any thing about it of your own knowledge or from what you have heard Taylor say. State what it is and how the trade turned out, profitable or otherwise - Answer. In 1834 I think it was I lived with Gibson Mallory of Madison as his overseer or manager Mr Humphrey Taylor called at Mallorys in the absence of Mallory for some negroes he said he had purchased from Mallory. Taylor remained all night and the next day it rained during the day & Taylor stayed with me. We were well acquainted and had a good deal of conversation during the day. He stated that the negroes he carried out the year before cost him about $17000 and he sold them & brought back more cash than would pay for them and had then due him in the south for them $16000. I remarked that it was a disagreeable business and if his other trips had been as profitable he had made money enauch and