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State of North Carolina Twelth of December 1829 Stokes County In Obedience to a Commission to us directed from the Clerk of the County County of Albemarle County and State of Virginia. On this day we John Hill and Anthony Betting two of the Justices of the peace in and for the said County of Stokes have assembled ourselves in the Court House for said County in the town of Germanton and caused to appear before us Joshua Banner and him diligently examined looking back matter of things as he may know concerning a certain matter of controversy in the County Court of Albemarle in the State of Virginia depending and undetermined between William H. Diggs, plaintiff and William Morris defendant, who after being duly [illegible] upon the Holy evangelist of Almightly God, to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth [illegible] and saith as follow to [illegible] That on the 2nd day of January 1828 there were two negro boys one calling his name Ceaser and the other calling his name Anthony deposited in the jail of Stokes County of which he was then the [illegible] who both said that they belonged to one William Morris of the County of Albemarle in the State of Virginia that the said negroes were committed by Thomas T Armstrong a Justice of the peace as runaways, that they remained in jail until the 3rd day of March thereafter making in all according to his calculation seventy one days, that the fees to which he was then entitled by law was forty cents per day for each prisoner, which amount to fifty six dollars & eighty cents that he was entitled to one dollar & twenty cents as door fees that this person who took them up claimed a reward of ten dollars which he said was offered for their apprehension and five dollars for expense and trouble in taking and bringing them to jail the he they said Joshua Banner charged five dollars as the amount which he paid for advertising them according to our acts assembly which he believes is greatly [illegible] than he actually paid the different printing and hat he charged three dollar and twenty cents for blankets furnished the negroes while they were in jail which several items amounted to eighty one dollars and twenty cents he further swear that on the said 13th day of March 1828, Mr. William H. Diggs came before Jeremiah Gibson a Justice of the Peace and proved by his own oath that the said negroes were the property of William Morris of the County of Albemarle in the state of Virginia