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Charles Mason's Exr Plaintiff against John Bull Defendant } In Chancery Thomas Cropper a witness produced on behalf of the defendant aged about seventy years being first duly sworn deposeth and saith. That while Bull & Mason were in partnership in the purchase of negroes, but the particular year he can not recollect, he heard Mason say that he sold negroes in Norfolk to the amount of Nine hundred Dollars of which $60 were stolen from him and the balance he brought home. Shortly after Mason purchased some land from [Litt'n?] Parker's heirs, he applied to the deponent (who was then indebted to the said Mason about Six Hundred Dollars on bond) for Two hundred dollars to make the first payment & the deponent was unable at that time to make the payment required, and Mason subsequently told the deponent that he had taken the Two hundred dollars out of the [Con-?] money belonging to him & John Bull - Afterwards Mason again applied to the deponent for the payment of Four Hundred dollars which Mason wanted as he said to make a further payment for the Parker land and he also applied for money to pay Mr Mason and to pay John Mason - This money the deponent could not conveniently pay, and Mason afterwards told the deponent he had taken that out of the negroe money - In a conversation between Bull Mason & the deponent it was agreed between Bull & Mason that Mason should take out of the negroe money the amount of the deponent: Bond to Mason, and thus the Bond should remain as a pledge for the amount to the concern. He has known John Bull to be a negroe buyer for thirty years, and he never heard of Bull's being a purchasing agent for other persons until about fifteen years part, he does not have anything of his carrying or sending away negroes on his own account to a foreign market. The deponent is of opinion that at the time of Charles Mason's death & for ten years before, Bull's property in possession was worth more than Mason's. The deponent knows nothing of Bulls' debts except a debt for Callahan which he understood Bull would lose to the amount of about Sixteen Hundred Dollars. The Deponent thinks the Parker Land above mentioned sold for 8 or $900. At the sale of Wm Bull's slaves near thirty years ago Bull purchased several slaves which the deponent supposes had purchased on his own account, as Bull was not at that time, so far as the deponent supposed, in the habit of purchasing for other persons. The deponent does not know what Bull did with the negroes he purchased at Bull's sale, nor does he know whether he purchased them for his own use or on speculation. The deponent does not know where Bull disposed of the slaves he purchased before he and Mason were in partnership during their partnership