Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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Also the Deposition of SamuelSamuel DowneyDowney
taken at the same time and place named in
the caption to be read as evidence in the same
cause, this deponent being of lawful age
and first duly sworn and examined on behalf
of the Defendant deposes and saith,

question for Defendant were you or not acquainted
with a negro man called RalphRalph owned
by JohnJohn Gordon GordonJohn Gordon if so state
whether or not he was hired by said GordonGordon
in the state of IllinoisIllinois during the year 1816 17
or 18. Ans I was a near neighbor to Mr.GordonGordon
(we lived about half mileapart ) I believe he never hired
him there at any time I was with Mr.GordonGordon at
the Lick in IllinoisIllinois with the boy in 1819 he did not hire then
but left him there I believe if he had ever
hired him there I should have known it.