The deposition of Rowland M Richardson of lawful age taken at the Tavern house of Nathan C. Anderson in the Town of New Market in the County of Nelson State of Virginia to be read as evidence on the trial of a Suit now depending now undetermined in the Circuit Superior Court of law and chancery for the County of Amherst wherein William J Isbell, Maurice H. Garland Administrator with the will annexed of Christopher Isbell deceased and Robert Isbell as Plaintiffs and Elisha Peters and others are defendants.
This deponent having been first sworn according to law deposeth and saith -
Question by the Defendant Peters: Did you know this boy Edmund who is the subject of this controversy? If so state when you knew him and what was his health? Answer. I moved to Doct Peters in the fall 1829 and was [illegible] Edmund as overseer until the fall 1831, when I left the employ of Doct Peters. I frequently saw him whilst Mr. Proffitt was overseer and which he was at New Market in 1832.
I always regarded him as healthy as any negro I ever saw. I don't know he was lost a meal of victuals whilst I know him. I never knew him to complain but once and that was a cold morning when he was without shoes - and then he came out to work directly after being furnished with shoes the same morning and further saith not. [signed] Rowlin M Richeson The Plff Wm J Isbell was present and declined asking any questions.
Nelson County to wit:
The following Deposition was taken subscribed & sworn to in due form of low before me a Commissioner appointed by the Circuit Superior Court of law & Chancery for Nelson County for taking depositions on the day & at the place named in the caption. [signed] Charles [Perrow?}