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

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Question by this Defd Did you ever hear Dillard or his cousin N Smith complain of the sd negro Edmunds being Frostbitten or unsound untill after the time said Dillard hired him to Wm Knightt & until after the time said Dillard was said for the purchase money Answr I did not Question by the same would you have supposd that any negro havinga mortal disease preying upon him could have been as cheerfull and lively as Edmund was during the first ten or eleven months whilst sd Dillard ownd him Ansr I could not Question by Pltff might not the said negroe Edmund have been Frost bitten for the first 8 or 10 months of my owning him and you not know it Ansr I think this if he had have been Frost bitten at that time to have injured him I should have known of it Question by same Did you ever see sd negro without shoes whilst I ownd him Ansr I cant say whather I did or not Question by same did you ever see sd negro whilst in my posession Frost bitten and at what time and his situation Ansr I did see sd negroe at sd Dillards in the months of Feby or March as well as I recollect in the second year after sd Dillard ownd have and to all appearance had a very sore place on one of my heals which I understood proceeded from a Frost Bite which he had gotten about Christmas before that and his situation was at the time I saw him a very cripled one he the sd negro having to use crutches or sticks to get along Question by same How long was sd negroes Edmund Runaway from sd Knight Ansr I cannot say Question by same do you recollect of sd negroe Edmund having workd on a school House in our Neghbourhood about the first day of Jany after he was with Wm Knight Ansr I recollect of his working on the School house after Christmass and after he had been with Wm Knight Question by Defd do you recollect of said negro when at work on the School house being under complaint and was not that the first time you had herd him complain Ansr The first time more than common and further this Deponant sayth not Larkin Harlow Sworn to before me a Justice of the Peace for the County of Amherst this 21 day of Feby 1824 Chs L Banet