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Joseph Dillard vs. Adms. of Thomas Clasby: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 2 of 4)

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The affidavit of Dabney P. Bryant of Lawful age, taken pursuant to notice proven, at Rives & Brown's Store, at Variety Nelson County on Wednesday the 28th Jany 1824, to be read as evidence in an injunction now depending and undetermined in the County Court of Amherst County wherin Joseph Dillard is plaintiff & William Bourne and Creed C. Carter admrs: de bonis non of Thomas Clasbey dec'd. Defendants. This affiant being duly sworn saith that he lived about a mile and a quarter of Thomas Clasbey's house at the time the said Clasbey owned a negro man slave named Edmund which the said Clasbey sold to Joseph Dillard, that the said negro has been often at my house assisting in rolling logs and raising Tobacco houses, and that he was generally as active and brisk as any negro of his strength. I have also frequently seen him assissting the neighbors. Question by Defts. Do you know, or did you ever hear, that the said Dillard had the said Negro sometime in his possession before he bought him, to try to sell him for said Clasbey as a friend? Answer - Yes, I heard Mr Clasbey say that he had him some time, how long, I do not know, said Clasbey further informed me that after said Dillard failed to sell the negro he sent for Mr. Clasbey to know what he must do with him, that he said he was going to carry him home and put him to work, and that if he would stay with him, and not run away, he would not part with him on no consideration, and after he was going to start Mr. Dillard made him an offer for the negro, to which he replied, he would carry him