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hands. The deponent then asked Bull the amount of those funds and Bull told deponent to set down meaning as deponent supposed to put down on paper the amounts he would tell him. The deponent then set down with a pencil various amounts which Bull told him, and the deponent is of opinion from his best recollection on the subject, that these funds amounted to not less than Eighteen hundred nor more than twenty three hundred dollars but the deponent is satisfied that the amount of funds was not so great as the deponent now understands the debts of Bull & Mason amounted to at the time of Mason's death. Bull also told deponent that there were three negroes on hand belonging to Bull & Mason; and afterwards Bull told deponent he had sold those three negroes - the deponent thinks for the price of $537.50 or 572.50 he is not sure which, but he thinks it was 537.50. The supposed value of these negroes was included in the foregoing estimate of the funds of Bull & Mason, but the deponent thinks they sold for rather more than the estimated value and further saith not Wm. P. Custis
The foregoing deposition of Wm P Custis was taken before me in presence of the attorney for the Pltff the defendant and his Attorney after the witness was informed that Southey W Bull had deposited in my hands for the purpose of paying defendant's costs and of releasing Wm P Custis therefrom, a greater sum than the defendant's costs now amount to. Tho R Joynes
John G Joynes of lawful age, being first duly sworn deposeth and saith, that in October 1826 the deponent applied to John Bull to advance the money for a negroe which was about to be sold to pay a debt due the deponent Bull agreed to do so, but told the deponent he must go to Charles Mason who had the possession of the money, belonging to Bull & Mason. The deponent then applied to Mason, and Mason advanced to the deponent three hundred dollars and at the same time remarked that he had seven thousand dollars belonging to the concern; that he always kept the money as under Johnny (the defendant) was so frequently from home The said Mason afterwards told the witness, (to whom he was in the habit of frequently speaking about his business) that he (Mason) had borrowed from the concern of Bull & Mason some money to pay his individual debts, which he intended to refund. The witness knows Mason to carry negroes to Norfolk to sell at three different times while he & Bull were in partnership. Bull usually purchased the negroes and when they were sold out of the county they were usually sold by Mason and when sold in the county they were sold by Bull. The deponent has frequently seen the defendant take money out of his hat crown belonging to Bull & Mason to pay for negroes. And further saith not Jno. G. Joynes
William R Custis of lawful age being first duly sworn deposeth and saith that in a conversation with Charles Mason, Mason told the witness that he was indebted to his uncle Johnny the defendant and witness thinks he said that he had taken money belonging to Bull & Mason to pay for the Parker Land. The deponent is by no means certain how long this conversation took place before his death but deponent thinks it was not more than one year the deponent is positive that Mason said he owed his uncle Johnny and he thinks he said he had taken the money to pay for the Parker Land. Wm. R. Custis