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

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Taylor remarked that the lot of negroes he had last taken out cost him 17000 dols and some hundred and he had sold them for 16000 dols more than they cost. I then remarked "Mr Taylor it is a troublesome disagreeable business and I wonder, you having made so much money by it, don't quit it - To this he replied "Col Hill makes all the money." A day or two before or after the time I speak of in regard to Taylor's coming to Mallory's, Col Henry Hill came also about the same negroes - whilst he was there I remarked to him that it had long been a secret as to the partnership between him and Taylor - Hill replied it is best sometimes not to say much about men's business but, it is pretty well known now that we are in partnership. One of the negroes sold Taylor by Mallory was at the time hired at Berryville in Clark and Mallory directed me to go to Taylor's, get a horse and go after him taking the stage at Culpeper Ct House - take him by Winchester and meet Taylor at Stanton. When I got to Taylor's or directly after Hill was there. Taylor had no spare horse and said that I must get one from Hill - but Hill thought a different arrangement better - He would get the negro himself - take him to Richmond and then ship him to New Orleans. Sometime after this in 1835 or 6 while I was living with William Rixey - I took for Rixey a negro to Taylor. When I got to Taylor's he was about to set out to the South and stayed that night at Russell's ford where I fell in with him the next day and rode with him to Madison Court House - During

the ride Taylor remarked that young Henry Hill need not expect a mere pleasure trip with him - If he did not do his part he would charge him his expenses - His father expected half the profits and Henry must do his part. Henry Hill or Francis Henry Hill, is a son of Col Henry Hill and was then on his way with Taylor. By Russell's ford witness means the ford across the Robinson River near Burbridges. While living at Mallory's I sold a negro myself to Taylor - when the bond was executed Hill asked Taylor - What are we to give him for his negro - 600 dols? Taylor said no 500 dols - The bonds was then executed both Taylor and Hill signing it, and it was paid off by Hill before Taylor returned. And further this deponent saith not.

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William G. Allen another witness called upon by the plaintiff who after been first duly sworne testifies & says in answer to the following interrogatories Question by Plaintiffs agent. State whither you have any knowledge of any copartnership between Henry Hill & Humphrey Taylor in negroe trading. If so state what you do know on the subject. Answer - For some thirty years past I have been acting as agent or assistant in buying negroes for the traders. Have bought several for Humphrey Taylor. While doing business for Taylor in that way had many conversations with him about the trade and his own concern in it. Some 12 or 15 years ago Taylor told me that if it had not been for