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8 said Joseph Todd, also another debt due T D Williams for about $62.50 and also a debt due this deponent for the sum of about $50, and also a debt due S C Anderson and the deft agreed to let the pltff have the balance of the purchase money (say about $200) in provisions and other things that the pltff might need, as he needed them, afterwards on March County Court day 1845, the pltff, the defendant, Joseph Todd, T D Williams and myself met together at the Court House, and the defendant then executed his note for the amount of the execution and the small debt above spoken of due Joseph Todd, and also executed his note to T D Williams for about $62.50 for the debt above spoken of & also executed his note to S C Anderson and also settled the debt of $50: due this deponent. And then the plaintiff executed and delivered to the defendant a bill of sale for the negroes (viz Sally and her four children) And on that day delivered to the deft two of the Negroes viz Paulina and Jane and in a day or two or perhaps on the next day the pltff delivered possession of the other negroes to the defendant This sale of the Negroes was made by the plaintiff to the defendant without any conditions or stipulations. The sale was unconditional. This deponent was a witness to the bill of sale and in fact made the trade and done all the business in relation to the transaction. Question by defts attorney, Were you in the habit of dong all the writing for the defendant in the years 1845 & 1846? 9 Answer. I have been in the habit of doing all the writing for the defendant Stevens ever since I was capable of doing it (when I was as home) up to the Month of December 1845. Question by the defendants attorney. Have you seen the statement of pretended deed as set out the pltffs bill, allowing the pltff to redeem the negroes? Answer I have. Question by the defendants attorney. Do you believe that the defendant could unaided have written such a paper as that set out in the pltffs bill? Answer. I am well acquainted with the said Stevens mode of doing business and writing papers, and I do not believe he could have written such a paper unaided. Question. Look upon the bill of sale executed by the plaintiff to the defendant for the negroes and at the endorsement on the back of the bill of sale and say whether considering the diction, spelling and the subject matter and hand writing, if you believe it could have been done by the defendant? Answer, the bill of now shown is the same one executed by the pltff to the deft for the Negros of which I have above spoken except one interlineation on the face and two endorsements on the back, the whole body of the bill of sale is in my hand writing, except the word "redeemable" interlined in the sixth line from the top and between the words slaves and viz this word