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William J. Isabell vs. Elisha Peters, etc.: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 1 of 3)

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The deposition of John Richeson of lawful age taken persuant to notice at the Washington Hotel in Lynchburg on the 28th day of March 1835 to be read on the trial of an injunction now depending & undetermined in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Amherst in which William I Isbell &al are pltffs and Seth Halsey & Elisha Peters are defendants. The deponant being first duly sworn deposeth and saith. Question by the Pltffs. Please state whether or not you were acquainted with a negro man named Edmund bought by the pltff of the deft Seth Halsey. If so state the condition of his health and his value. Answer. As to the time that the Deft. Isbell purchased the negro Edmond I can not say. But I saw the said negro some time after Isbell purchased him on the Tole Bridge I inquired of the Negro whose property he was his name &c the negro informed me that he belong to the Plft Isbell and the Deft. Halsey had sold him. The Extraordany appearance of the Negro induzed me to inquire of him as to his health &c and from the information I recd. of said Negro with his appearance &c I was and am yet of the Opinion he was not a sound negro and as to his Value I do not think him worth one cent. Question by the same. At what season of the year was it that you saw the negro - how long had Isbell then owned him & whether or not from all appearances must the negro have been