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Charles Mason - Executor - Plaintiff vs John Bull Deft } In Chancery
James W Turford of lawful age being first duly sworn deposeth and saith, that some time in the month of May 1830, Charles Mason died, and the deponent was sent for to assist in shrouding him, and not long after the deponent arrived there Wm P Custis and the defendant arrived there. A conversation took place between the company there present relative to the pecuniary concerns of said Mason and particularly relative to his business with the defendant. And in the course of that conversation Wm P Custis made a remark which John Bull did not seem to understand. And the deponent remarked that Mr Custis wanted to know where the money belonging to the concern was to pay the debts of the concern. Bull remarked that all the money was in his hands. And that there were three negroes on hand belonging to Bull & Mason. Bull invited Mr Custis and the Deponent to go to his house & said he could show him a statement of the whole business in half an hour. The deponent distinctly understood Bull to say that he was the Cashier, and held the funds of the concern. The said Bull insisted upon Wm P Custis going to his house to see the statement of the affairs of Bull & Mason, Mr Custis at first declined going; but afterwards Mr Custis & Southey [?] Bull went off with Jno Bull in the direction of Jno Bull's house and the deponent went home. The deponent thinks that Charles Mason went twice to Norfolk to carry negroes to sell but the deponent does not know how many negroes he carried, nor what done with the money.