Martha Drucilla v. Richmond Curle
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Deposition sof witnesses, produced, swoin, and examined, at
The Law Commissioner Office in the City and County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis, State of MissouriMissouri, before me, John H. Watson, Law Commissioner for
the said County, in a certain cause now pending in the Circuit Court
of the CountyCounty of Saint Louis of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis
State of MissouriMissouri, between

MarthaMartha Drusilla DrusillaMartha Drusilla ,plaintiff, and
RichmondRichmondJ. CurleJ Curle .
defendant, on the part of the Plaintiff.
James AJames A . Little of St LouisSt LouisCo.Mo. of lawful age, being duly sworn and
examined on the paid of the Plaintiff, deposeth and saith:---
I know Martha DrusillaMartha Drusilla , and Richard JRichard J
CurleCurle , Plantiff and Defendant, in this suit. I became acquainted time after this conversation, some few days he took said MarthaMartha
up the MissouriMissouri River, and returned in
about two weeks, when I saw him again;

He then came to me and desired to know
what I would give him for said MarthaMartha
He told me at that time, that he brought her
from ArkansasArkansas, having purchased her
from his brother, residing in that state,
and that he had a bill of sale for
her, and offered her to me, for four
hundred or four hundred and fifty
dollars. I don't remember exactly, what
of these amounts it was. Subsequently,
I met IsabelIsabel , and told him, that I had
understood, that their girl was free__ he
then stated, that she was born free, and was off bound until she was of age,
by a Court in the State of Alabama. with the plaintiff, about
the latter part of last summer. She was at the
Mansion House, in this City, with other negroes,
in the charge of one IsabelIsabel , who said that
he brought said negroes from Arkansas.
Isabel, told me at this time, that MarthaMartha ,
the plaintiff, was not for sale. A short-
time after this conversation, some few-
days he took said MarthaMartha ,
up the MissouriMissouri River, and returned in
about two weeks, when I saw him again;_
He then came to me and desired to know
what I would give him for said MarthaMartha
He told me at that time, that he brought her
from ArkansasArkansas, having purchased her
from his brother, residing in that state.
and that he had a bill of sale for
her. and offered her to me, for four
hundred or four hundred and fifty
dollars. I don't remember exactly, which,
of these amounts it was. Subsequently,
I met IsabelIsabel , and told him, that I had
understood, that this girl was free__he
then stated, that she was born free, and
was offbound until she was of age,
by a court in the state of AlabamaAlabama.

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And that she was afterwards carried to
the state of ArkansasArkansas, by the person to whom
she was bound- and the Indenture of
apprenticeship, was afterwards
by the person to whom she was bound,to his
brother to Isabels brother, who had mar-
-ried in the family of the man to whom
she was originally bound and that the said brother of IsabelIsabel had transferred the indenture
to him. At the same
time IsabelIsabel told me, that he had said
Indenture, and that it had some two or
three years to . and then offered to
sell me said MarthaMartha . for said [ nex ]-
-hired time, for One hundred and
fifty dollars. Somethime after this suit
was brought, I called upon W. Curle, defendant in this suit to make some
in giving said MarthaMartha :- he then told
me, that he had given a bond for
her appearence at Court, Isabel having
left her in his charge,_ and that of
he were released from said bond,
he would deliver of said girl. This
girl looked to be sixteen or seventeen
years of age. Said girl is a bright
mulatto,-nearly white. W. Curle's occu-
-pation is that of General Agent, for
selling in leasing property, as well as the
buying and selling of negroes. Deponent
States that there in the IsabelIsabel ,
arose from the circumstances of his having
her ordered a slave from said Isabel.
W. Curle stated to me that he nor IsabelIsabel , had no other, title
except said Indenture.

JamesJames A AJames A Little