Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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These defendants have no personal knowledge whether or not all
the claims or any of them of the said David CoonsDavid Coons
against the said Duty on account of pork or on
any other account were extinguished by the pay
ment of MississippiMississippi money and by the moneys received
from the hires of the complainants as in said bill
alleged, nor do they believe or admit the fact so
to be, but on the contrary they are in
formed and believe that the fact is otherwise
and that the said Duty at the time of his death
was justly indebted to the said David CoonsDavid Coons
to the full amount of the demand in form of
said David CoonsDavid Coons allowed against the Estate
of the said Duty by the judge of the probate
court of St.Louis County - which amount is stated in
said bill.
These defendants further state that that
they have no knowledge whether or not
the said Duty took up his notes at the time he
paid the MississippiMississippi money(if any such was
ever paid) as in said bill, alleged, now whether
or not he took any receipt for the same
or for any money alleged in said bill to have
been deposited with said David CoonsDavid Coons , nor
do they admit the facts, but
if they are material, these defendants require
competent proof of the same - and as to
the charge in said bill that the receipts given
by said David CoonsDavid Coons to said Duty for money deposited
with said David CoonsDavid Coons were destroyed or suppressed
and the notes made of again in the hands of
said David CoonsDavid Coons to establish large claims
against the estate of said Duty after his death
in the manner set forth in said bill, or otherwise these

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defendants have no personal knowledge
but they are informed and believe that the said
charge is in all its particulars untrue, and
therefore they do not admit the truth of it, but
utterly deny the same. These defendants admit that
the said George W.CoonsGeorge W Coons , the son of David CoonsDavid Coons , did
take out letters of administration soon after the
death of said Duty upon the Estate of said Duty,
and that among the first claims allowed against
the Estate of said Duty were those of his father
David CoonsDavid Coons to the amount of $3684.18-
but these defendants have no personal knowledge
of any fraudulent or unlawful combination
between said George W.CoonsGeorge W Coons and the said
David CoonsDavid Coons in respect to the taking
out said letters of administration, nor have they
any knowledge that the said claims so allowed
or any of them are iniquitous or unjust
or that they were ever cancelled or paid
off by said Duty in his life time, or that
they were brought forward and supported by
papers illegally obtained in manner as in
said bill charged on in any other illegal
or unfair manner. But these defendants
are informed and believe that the last mentioned charge is in all respects utterly
false and untrue, and they therefore utterly deny
the truth of said charge -
These defendants further answering state that they
have not either of them any personal knowledge
how or to what precise amount the said Duty became
indebted to their testator, the said David CoonsDavid Coons ,
and they are informed and believe that the said