Hill, Henry v. Taylor, Humphrey: Chancery Cause, Madison County (Part 3 of 10)
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Ans. I did not know of his borrowing any money this year but have always been under the impression that he did not from the fact of his purchasing so few negroes and knowing that he brought some moneys Home with him in the spring from the South. Question by Same have you any knowledge how much money George W Reid brought with him to buy slaves from what he told you before the commencement of this suit. Ans. I do not know how much money Mr. Reid brought with him he told me that he wished to buy some 16 to 16 likely young negroes good field hands. Question by same. Were you acquainted with Read in the South. If so ^state^ what was his occupation and what were his resources there as well as you ascertained them. Ans I have not been very well acquainted with Mr. Reid in the South when I first knew him he was engaged in the Merchantile business the amount of business done by him I have no Idea as I never was in his neighbourhood much for the last 2 or 3 years he says he has been winding up his business. Question by the same What was his visible estate if any, when you were last in that country, and was he then reputed to be a man poss[ess]ed of cash to any amount. I do not ask you of his statement of his means, but what you know of them yourself or what was his reputed means then. Ans I know nothing of his reputed means but have seen him handle a good deal of money at different times I do not know but very little about his means any way Question by same Have you any knowledge of late of the defendant Taylors taking bonds or notes due him in the South in the Joint names of Himself & son J.W. Taylor