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Shelton, Admx. of Abner C., etc. v. Royall, Francis L., etc.: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 6)

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1st sheet n:1 The answer of F. L. Royall to the amended bill exhibited vs.him in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Halifax by Jno R Bennett & wife adm'r. of Abner C. Shelton decd. This respondent saving &c answers as follows. Before entering into particulars will beg leave to make a brief statement in order that the whole matter may be more fully understood. In the fall of 1833 this resp. employed Abner C. Shelton to sell for him in the South a lot of negroes and on his return in the spring following a settlement was made between them of all matters and the sd Shelton fell indebted to this resp. in the sum of $2147.57 as evidenced by a paper referred to in the original answer in this cause. A short time after this the sd Shelton paid a part of it leaving a balance due as charged in resp. act. against his adm'r. in a suit responding in S. C. of Pitts'a a copy of which he believes is filed in this case. In the fall or latter part of the summer of 1834 William Royall the sd Shelton & this resp. entered into a partnership to trade in negroes. The whole matter was conducted by sd Shelton & sd Royall. In the fall of 1835 Shelton died and his widow became his adm'x. In March 1836 this resp. William Royall and Shelton's adm'x. had a settlement of the whole partnership transactions. This resp. expressly denies the allegation in the complainants bill that the whole settlement was made as therein set forth, but on the contrary Shelton's adm'x was present and took an important part in it. The whole was talked over and over again until it was fully comprehended by all the parties and all perfectly satisfied the statement was then made by William