Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County


to wit

SamuelSamuel Farnandis of lawful age this day personally
appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for said County and made oath
that this affiant was for the greatest part of his life well acquainted with
MiltonMilton Duty formerly of the State of MississippiMississippi and for the last three years
previously to his death was almost constantly with him travelling through the
country engaged in the same kind of business and was often called on by him
to transact his business for him [ untill ] his affairs became almost as familiarly
known to the affiant as were his own. Very few of his transactions during
that period [ untill ] about two months previously to the death of said Duty took
place without coming within the affiants knowledge either derived from his
own personal observation or from the intimate and conversations
continually holden between them: The affiant further saith that the said Duty
informed him that he was indebted to David CoonsDavid Coons of St. LouisSt Louis in the sum of about
three or four thousand Dollars for money advanced for him by said CoonsCoons to Risly
& ChoteauChoteau and others mostly in payment of expenses on pork about this time in
the year of 1837 the affiant travelled with said Duty from MississippiMississippi and saw
him in possession of two or three thousand Dollars of money of the Banks of
that State after their arrival at St. LouisSt Louis Duty told affiant that he had paid
it over to David CoonsDavid Coons and the affiant having a few hundred Dollars of the
same kind of money he applied to the said CoonsCoons to exchange it for him. CoonsCoons
refused to do so and remarked that he had just received a large amount of
MississippiMississippi money from Duty at a discount of 15 per cent and that he was
afraid he should lose on it. The impression of the affiant at the time and ever
since has been that Duty paid this money to CoonsCoons in part of the amount due
him as aforesaid for advances to Risly & ChoteauChoteau . This affiant further states
that the said Duty informed him that her was hiring out his negros daily and
that as he received the money for their hires her deposited it in the hands
of the said David CoonsDavid Coons . In the year following this transaction. Some time in
the spring of 1838. the said Duty told the affiant that he was Clear of debts
of any considerable amount - that he only owed some of a trifling amounnt
and that he was entirely unembarrassed. this statement the affiant has always
believed to be true as Duty was always very free and open in his
Communications Concerning any pecuniary difficulties under which he

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was suffering. as affiant had frequently known to be the case in former
years. And further this affiant saith not.

Subscribed and sworn to before
me this 9th day of July 1840.

SamuelSamuel Farnandis


F. M Kenney


Justice of the Peace


St. LouisSt Louiscounty