Hill, Henry v. Taylor, Humphrey: Chancery Cause, Madison County (Part 3 of 10)
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The deposition of Francis H Hill taken agreeable to notice on Saturday the 14th of October 1843 in the Jail of Madison County at the Court House of said county in the room occupied by Humphrey Taylor between sun rise and sun set of the same day taken in the presence of said Taylor and Jno S Barbour, Esquire, his council which deposition is intended to be read as evidence in a Suit in Chancery now depending in the circuit superior court of law and Chancery for the county of Madison in which Henry Hill is plaintiff and the said Humphrey Taylor is defendant. This deponant after first having been sworn deposes and says as follows. Question by Plaintiffs council - state whether or not you have any knowledge of the plaintiff Colo. Henry Hill and the defendant Humphrey Taylor having been engaged in copartnership in buying and selling negroes or in negroe trading as it is usually termed and if you have no knowledge yourself of any such copartnership state if you ever heard Humphrey Taylor say whither or not there was any such partnership if so as well as you recollect what he did say? Answer - I have no knowledge myself of the existence of a copartnership between the defendant Taylor & the Plaintiff Hill. I made a trip to the South I think about eight years ago with said Taylor and a parcel of Negroes. During the trip (on our way South) the subject was introduced I do not recollect whether by Taylor or myself, I think probably by myself in the course of conversation between us the said Taylor informed me that he & the said Hill were in copartnership Question by Same Whether or no have you been