Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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been, after the trunks had been carried away, which
was done by the negros, under the question of the white
persons above referred to, the papers mentioned were
torn when this Deponent observed them. Deponent did
not know the character of the papers referred to, but
saw writing on them and that by the bulk of the
of the papers there might have been three or four sheets of
them in all; Did not see the persons above mentioned
tear the papers, but saw them taking the
papers out of the trunks, and had not noticed the
papers, particularly, until they had been torn Deponent
did not see any pen and ink, nor any inventory
taken of the papers and efforts of the deceased that night
on which MiltonMilton Duty died. Deponent further states,
that the name of the negro who was directed to take
away the trunks, and who was the slave of the deceased
was PrestonPreston , as this deponent believes. The deceased
had returned home from the state of MississippiMississippi a short
time previous to his Death. Deponent further states, that
after the return of said Duty, he saw in his possession
a large pile of money which he understood to be Missis-
sippi money and that the deceased then stated, that he
had enough if it to pay his debts; and that this deponent
understood the sum to be about five thousand
dollars. At the time the deceased was speaking of
his money, as first stated, and conversing about it with
one Fernandez, this deponent heard the deceased say that
he was that pay going up to Mr. David CoonsDavid Coons to straight
in up his business with him.

JamesJames Dame


Sworn and subscribed to before
me and in my presence, at the
time and place in that behalf
aforesaid

Alphonso WitmoreAlphonso Witmore

Justice of the peace.