Joseph Dillard vs. Adms. of Thomas Clasby: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 2 of 4)
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him home and cut his throat before he would take that, after which Mr. Dillard made him another offer, and they struck a bargain - Question by the Same. Have you any reason to beleive, or do you know of your own knowledge, that the said negro was frost bitten, or unsound, at the time Mr. Dillard bought him? Answer - I do not know that he was. I had not seen him for five or six weeks - Question by Pltff: Were you in the habit of being at Mr Clasbey's frequently, during the time that he owned the Negro? Answer - I was there frequently - Question by Same - Do you know, whether the negro had been runaway for some time, before Mr. Clasbey sent him to me; and if it was not some time in December when he sent him; and if he was not taken up in the neighborhood of Warren and sent to me directly he was brought home? Answer - I heard the negro was runaway; I do not know at what time he was sent to you; I heard he was taken up in the neighborhood of Warren, and sent to you directly he was brought home - Question by Same - Did Mr. Clasbey ever inform you that the Negro was frost bitten, while in his possession, and apply to you to know what was good for a frost bite? Answer - Either Mr. or Mrs. Clasbey, some short time after he got the negro, applied to me, if I knew what was good for a frost bite, and said they beleived Edmund was bit with frost, or pinched with frost, and some short time after that, I was at Mr Clasbey's and asked Mr. Clasbey how Edmund came on, if he was frost bitten, he observed, he had only slipped off a log & skinned his shins, or one of his shins - Question by Same - Do you not know that the negro was frequently runaway and that in bad weather? Answer - I frequently heard he was runaway, both in winter & summer - Question by Defts. Did you never hear Mr. Dillard say that he did not value the negro any less, on account of his running away? Answer - Yes, I did - Question by Pltff. At the time I told you I did not object to his running away, did not I tell you that I was not contending about his running away, but his being unsound at the time I purchased him? Answer - You said you wanted to prove he was frost bitten, and I told you you could not do it by me - Question by Defts. Do you not know whether Mr. Clasbey owned the said negro, several years after the conversation, which passed between you about his being frost bitten, and that you never saw anything to induce you to believe that he ever was frost bitten? Answer - He owned him two or three years or perhaps more afterwards and I never saw anything to induce me to believe that he was frost bitten, or anything the matter with him. And further this affiant saith not - Dabney P Bryant