Stephen Dejarnett vs. James Hurt, etc.: Chancery Cause, Prince Edward County (Part 2 of 3)
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The affidavit of Robert Foster of lawful age taken at the shop of Messrs. Cary and Hardy in presence, & by consent of both the interested parties; to be read as evidence in a bill of injunction obtained by Stephen Dejarnett in the county court of Prince Edward against Richard Jeffress assignee of James Hurt saith that some short time after the sale of a Negro man named bob the property of Richard Jeffress, which sale as this officent has allways believed and understood was made by a certain James Hurt at John Queensberry's in Prince Edward county: this affiant in a conversation with the said Hurt asked him the said Hurt the reason why he the said Hurt was employed to sell the said Negro: the said Hurt replyed and said that the negro was under a bad character; and that his owner said Jeffress expected there would be some dispute perhaps respecting said Negro and therefore employed him the said Hurt to sell him, as he said Hurt was insolvent and of [illegible] out of the reach of the law. Question by R. Jeffress; did James Hurt tell you that he knew of his own knowledge the above mentioned negro bob, was under a bad character? Answer: James Hurt's reply to me in the conversation above mentioned, was, that as the said Negro was under a bad character, he was employed to sell him Question by R. Jeffress: was your John Queenberry's on the day on which said Negro was sold? Answer: I was not. Question by Stephen Dejarnett: Did James Hurt tell you that there was fraud intended by R. Jeffress in sale of said Negro? Answer, He did not expressly tell me there was fraud intened, but from the [illegible] of the conversation, tho