Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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Questions By Defendant

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did or did you not hear JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan state in
your presence of me Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan within the
state of KentuckyKentucky that he the deceased JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan
did hire of me a coloured man named RalphRalph
in the state of KentuckyKentucky to go with him aboard
of a Boat which was Bound to orleans Belonging
to Brison PursleyBrison Pursley and John DuncanJohn Duncan

Answer Said, Question by same, did or
did not said Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan tell you that he
hired this coloured man named RalphRalph of me
Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan in the State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky and was to return him
at the Expiration of one year / Answer he did
Question By same. did or did not said JesseJesse Duncan
DuncanJesse Duncan also tell you that he had in the
state of KentuckyKentucky billed up with me for the
Hire of the above named coloured man
named RalphRalph for the one year served and
was Bound to return him to me
Answer I did three or four times hear him Repeat
the same words, Question By same did or
did not JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan tell you that I ColemanColeman Duncan
DuncanColeman Duncan did not at any time Give him any
leave or accordingly to take the above named coloured
man RalphRalph out of the state of KentuckyKentucky
Answer, he did of different times Isaac MetcalfIsaac Metcalf
and further this deponant sayeth not

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The deposition of Edward Ridly taken in the same
case this deponant being of lawful age and first
Duly Sworn deposith and sayeth

Question By Defendant. did or did you not hear
JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan state at the house of Isaac MetcalfIsaac Metcalf
state that he hired the above named coloured man
RalphRalph of me Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan in the State ofKentucky
KentuckyKentucky for the term of One year

Answer I did, Question By same, did or did
you not also hear JesseJesse Duncan DuncanJesse Duncan say that he
had settled up with me in the State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky for
the one year services of the above named negro
RalphRalph , Answer I did, Question by same
did or did you not hear Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan state in the year 1829 that
He was Bound by contract to Return the said coloured
man RalphRalph to one at the expiration of one
year and was to as soon as he was able to attend
to his business Answer said, Question by same
was or was not this shortly Before the death of the
said Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan , Answer. it was

Question By same do or do you not believe
that the Said Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan was then in his right mind
Answer. I think he was. Question by
same did or did you not hear Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan
state some time Before that when in his proper
He atlth that I never gave him any leave or author-
ity