Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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In St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court sitting
as a court of Chancery.

State of MissouriMissouri.
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis.

Preston, Braxton et al.
Geo.W.CoonsGeorge W Coons adr. et al.

BraxtonBraxton one of the above
named complainants being duly sworn, on
his oath says that he verily believes that
that portion of the answer of George WGeorge W Coons .
CoonsGeorge W Coons in which he states that he has used
every exertion to collect the notes due to
the estate of MiltonMilton Duty, deceased, from
persons residing in the State of MississippiMississippi
but that no portion thereof can be colleted
or could, at any time since the appoint
ment of said CoonsCoons as administrator,
have been collected - is untrue, that
affiant accompanied said Duty on his
last trip to the south prior to his death,
that affiant knows that most if not
, all the persons who were indebted to said
Duty were at that time men of property
some of them men of large property, that
he has often heard his late master said
Duty say that he could collect what
was owing him in the south in the
next fall, to wit: the fall of 1838,
and that he would do so, and would

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then purchase some land in Soulard's
Addition in the city of St. LouisSt Louis, and
would erect cabins for his negroes
so that in case he died they might
have homes. Affiant had conversation
with a Mr. Egbert Sessions, about three
years since, a gentleman who then resided
and, as affiant believes, still resides
in Warren CountyWarren County in the State of MisMissouri
sissippi, in the neighborhood of most
of the persons who were indebted to
said Duty, and affiant was inform
ed by said Sessions, during said con
versation, that the debts owing to said
Duty in the South were most if not
all of them owing by solvent men
and that the same could be collected.
Affiant also conversed with a Mr.
Joel F. Anderson about a year since who was a brother
in law of said Duty, and who resided
in Warren CountyWarren County in the State of Mississip
pi, and was an overseer on the plant
ation of said Duty in said State,
and affiant was informed by said
AndersonAnderson that he had come to StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis to get the MississippiMississippi notes to
take South with him to collect, that he said AndersonAnderson was aston
nished that said notes had not been
sent South for collection, that he
believed most of the money due to
the estate of said duty in MississippiMississippi