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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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2nd sheet p 5 this endorsement made your respondent thus individually liable. This respondent looks upon all such drafts as his peculiar property and always did consider them as such. No check or draft ever received by rep. from Wm Royall ever was drawn in favour of E M Shelton or made payable to her. This respondent frequently needed money from that source for his own private purposes as well as to pay off the claims against Shelton's estate for which he was in some way or other bound. the money for both of these purposes was covered by a single draft of check for the whole. Some times the amounts for these purposes covered by the drafts or checks were wholly insufficient and this respondent had to raise the money from other sources. Money was frequently written for which was not sent. This respondent denies that the money he thus used was the complainants or their decedents, except the sum of two hundred dollars given or sent by William Royall to Eliza M Shelton in Bank notes or bills which she gave to this resp. to assist to pay off her debts, which was applied in that way. A credit for the same has been allowed her in the suit now pending in Pitts'a or the one which has been settled and adjudicated This respondent believes this was all that she ever received from Wm Royall that came to his possession. There were other matters between Wm Royall and this resp of a pecuniary nature which were wholly unconnected with the partnership transactions. And a greater part of the letters of your resp. to sd. Wm Royall upon business and produced here by the Complainants are not relative to the partnership