Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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that there were with the papers of the deceased, notes
or claims to the amount of four or five thousand
Dollars. David CoonsDavid Coons was not at home at the
time Duty nor for some weeks afterwards.
Deponent states that he has been the book keeper of
David CoonsDavid Coons since 1837. in the month of August.
until the present time. At the time this deponent
began to do business for Mr.D.Coons, the deceased had,
or he believes, Eighteen or twenty negroes, who went
out to work, and who paid in to D. Coons their hire;
and said coons had instructions to relieve whatsoever
money they, the negroes might bring him, in the absence of the said Duty only Deponent further states
that in about the month of February or March 1838,
the said Duty paid to D. Coons, in MississippiMississippi
money which, with discount off about
thirty three hundred Dollars; at the same time duty
gave CoonsCoons his note for some three or four hundred
dollars, to balance their accounts, about the 22nd of February 1838; and that said Duty left St. LouisSt Louis for
MississippiMississippisome time in March of the same year,
and returned in May or June. That on a settlement
on the 11th day of June 1838, Duty had increased
his indebtedness, including the note just above mentioned,
to twelve hundred and sixty three Dollars and
forty seven cents; but does not know how this
indebtedness accrued, as three is no evidence
on the Books of CoonsCoons to show; but belives that
the debt was made by advances of cash to Duty.
Deponent thinks that Duty must have gain
receipts or notes for such advances. Has no recollection
that, at the time of the examination of Duty'sDuty's
papers, any of the above mentiioned notes or receipts
were found among them. Deponent states, that,
when Duty went to MississippiMississippi, in March, as he
thinks, CoonsCoons gave him, Duty, thirty seven or
Eight hundred Dollars in MississippiMississippi money, to buy
exchange for CoonsCoons , if he could do so, to advan-
tage, and without losing thereon more than

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fifteen percent or thereabouts; for which
sum, Duty gave his receipt to CoonsCoons : Subsequently, Duty brought back the money and
took up his receipt. Thinks that this last mentioned
receipt was found among the papers of the
deceased, after his death; does not know where this
receipt now is; but thinks it is in possession of
G.W.CoonsG W Coons . Deponent does not know that on
the settlement, 11th June 1838, between Duty and
CoonsCoons , any money was paid by Duty. Deponent
further state, that said Duty afterwards, or after the 11th of June 1838, and before his death, became
indebted to CoonsCoons , for merchandise in the sum of
twenty Dollars and fifty Cents. The books of D.Coons
show that on the 11th June 1838, the account between
him and Duty was settled by cash, amounting to
twenty three Dollars and Eight Cents. The note
above mentioned, of twelve hundred and sixty three
Dollars and forty seven cents, was dated11th June 1838, and payable, as deponent thinks, one day after
date. Deponent further states, that Duty'sDuty's note of
one thousand and ten Dollars and ten cents, was given by
MiltonMilton Duty to David CoonsDavid Coons , on the 15th June 1838, for merchandise and cash, advanced by
CoonsCoons to , at this time held
Duty'sDuty's note, or claim, for, deponent thinks,
twelve hundred Dollars, or thereabouts, which he
delivered to Duty, on the payment, by CoonsCoons , of the
above amount, in merchandise and money. The
other note, now held by CoonsCoons against
the Estate of Duty, of twelve hundred and seventy
eight Dollars and sixteen cents, was given by
Duty to DavidDavid Gentry GentryDavid Gentry , and passed by DavidDavid Gentry GentryDavid Gentry
to DavidDavid coons, in the note will show, and the note
will also show the date of transfer, as the deponent be-
lieves. Deponent thinks the note was past due when
it was transferred. Deponent thinks that the note
last aforesaid was transferred with the knowledge, and