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The deposition of Peterson Partin, taken at Mosby & Speed's law office on the 14th August 1847, pursuant to notice to be read as evidence in the trial of the suit of Henry Jackson an infant suing by Pleasant Labby his next friend Plaintiff against James M. Jackson, P. H. Jackson & others Defendants pending in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Prince Edward County. Being sworn, the Deponent saith 1 question by the Plaintiff's counsel - Have you at any time had any conversation with James M. Jackson or P. H. Jackson as to the ownership of the negroes named in and embraced by the bill in this case to wit: Mary Anthony and Grace. If so, state whether or not they or either of them admitted that they were really the property of the infant Plaintiff and how they made the said admission? Answer I have held conversations with both Jas. M. Jackson and Patrick H. Jackson about the negroes named in the question and inquired how and why they were put into James' deed of Trust; as I always learned they belonged to Henry Jackson the infant plaintiff. I understood from James M. Jackson that such was the fact, that they did really and originally belong to the said Henry; but he said he was told his length of possession might make them liable for his debts; and he put them in the deed for such interest as he might have if any and I learned the same thing from Patrick H. Jackson. I understood both of them as conceeding the original ownership of the negroes that they belonged to Henry, but relied on the length of James' possession alone to make them liable for his debts. And further saith not this Deponent. P. Partin Corporation of Lynchburg to wit: The foregoing deposition was this day taken subscribed & sworn to by Peterson Partin before me a justice of the peace for said corporation at the time & place mentioned in the caption. Given under my hand the 14th August 1847. D. R. Syman JP