Nathaniel, a man of color v. George W. Coons
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his negroes with him from said state of Mis-
sissippi to said state of MissouriMissouri, that the plaintiff, here in court, is one of said Duty'sDuty's
negroes, but witness did not know his
name, that said Duty had some 25 or 30
negroes at the time of his death. Plaintiff
then examined James AdamsJames Adams , likewise a
witness for said plaintiff, who stated that
he was acquainted with said MiltonMilton Duty
now deceased, that said Duty lived in
the city of St. LouisSt Louis, and about 75 feet from
the residence of witness, that said Duty
died in said city in July or August in the year 1838 or 1839, that said Duty came to
St. LouisSt Louis from the lower country and brought
his negroes with him, that plaintiff's name
is NatNat , and that he said plaintiff NatNat
was one of the negroes of MiltonMilton Duty,
that witness had been said NatNat hired
out by said defendant as a slave at the Court House
door in St. LouisSt Louis about seven years ago and since the death of said Duty
and before the bringing of this suit and that said defendant at
Plaintiff then examined as a witness on his
twice hired him back at public auction as the administrator of said Duty
behalf, Dr. J. V. Prather, who stated that
he attended on some of the slaves of said
Duty, prior to his death, as a physician, that said Duty, was, at the time of his death, and had
been, for from two to four years prior thereto,
a resident of the city of St. LouisSt Louis State of MisMissouri-
souri, and had his negroes likewise in
said city and state, said negroes being
twenty or more in number, that witness
had seen plaintiff about the premises of
said Duty prior to his death, that said Duty
told witness that he came from the State ofMississippi
MississippiMississippi to the state of MissouriMissouri.

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Plaintiff thereupon rested his case

The defendant then offered and read in
evidence the following extracts from the statutary
of the State of MississippiMississippi to wit: (here insert
§ 47 at page 166 of same compilation of stats. of
MississippiMississippi above mentioned), also, said defendant
offerred in evidence, a reply the letters of ad-
ministration with the will annexed, upon
the estate of said Duty, granted to said
defendant by the County
(here insert said letters, marked 6.) to the reading of which in evidence, the plaintiff
by his counsel then and there objected, but
the Court overruled said objection, to which
ruling of the Court the plaintiff by his Coun-
sel then and there excepted, and said letters
were thereupon read in evidence. Defendant
then read to the Jury the following certifi-
cate of PeterPeter FergusonFerguson , Judge of Probate of
St. Louis County, to wit: (here insert said
Certificate marked D.) â Defendant
them offerred in evidence a paper purporting
to be an abstract of the demands established
against the estate of MiltonMilton Duty, deceased,
and the several settlements of George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons
administrator of said estate, from the year
1839 up to the year 1842, both inclusive,
in the words and figures following, to wit:
(here insert said Abstract and settle-
ments, contained in Exhibit 6 No. 1 in
answer of Geo. W. CoonsGeorge W Coons adn. of Duty) to
the reading of which in evidence the plain-
tiff by his counsel objected, but the Court overruled said objection and allowed said