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To the Honourable Richard H Field, Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and chancery for the county of Madison. Humbly complaining showeth [?] unto your Honour your orator [?] Henry Hill (of the county of Madison) that many years ago he and one Humphry Taylor (of the same county of Madison) from the confidence they mutually reposed in one another entered into a copartnership in the business of buying slaves in the state of Virginia where they could be at a comparatively low price and selling them in the southern parts of the United States where they could be sold at a comparatively high price. And so great was the mutual confidence of your orator [?] and the said Humphry Taylor in one another that upon entering into the partnership a foresaid p[?] they did not execute any articles of agreement to ascertain and define the extent [?], duration and terms of the said copartnership. In point of fact, however it was the understanding and agreement of the parties