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AUTHENTIC REPORT

OF THE

TESTIMONY

IN A CAUSE AT ISSUE

IN

THE COURT OF CHANCERY

OF THE

STATI OF NEW JERSEY,

BETWEEN

THOMAS L. SHOTWELL, COMPLAINANT,

AND

JOSEPH HENDRICKSON AND STACY DECOW, 'DEFENDANTS.

Taken pursuant to the rules of the Court,

BY JEREMIAH J. FOSTER,
MASTER AND EXAMINER IN CHANCERY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. HARDING, PRINTER, 36 CARTER'S ALLEY.

1831

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Monday, December 6th, 1830, at 2 o'clock, P. M. The parties and counsel appeared as before. Mr. Price for complainant, and Stacy Decow. Mr. Sloan for Joseph Hendrickson.

Examination of witnesses continued.

CEPHAS Ross, of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, a witness produced on the part of the complainant and Stacy Decow, alleging himself to be conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath, and being duly affirmed according to law, on his solemn affirmation declareth and saith, as follows: viz.

Question by Mr. Price. What is your age?
A. Fifty-five years—I am in my fifty-sixth.
Q. Are you a member of the Society of Friends?

A. Yes. I had a birthright among Friends, and have always retained that right.

Q. Did you attend the Yearly Meeting held in Philadelphia in Fourthmonth, 1827, as a representative from Bucks Quarter?

A. I did.

Q. Please to state what took place at the meeting of the representatives, in respect to the nomination of a clerk for that Yearly Meeting.

A. After the first session of the Yearly Meeting, the representatives from the different Quarterly Meetings convened in Arch street meeting house, to agree on the nomination of a clerk to serve the meeting the ensuing year. After some time given, when it was considered that all the representatives attending the Yearly Meeting from the different Quarters were present, John Comly's name was offered to be put on nomination for that service. Directly afterwards, Samuel Bettle's name was mentioned for the same service. There was some little altercation on the subject of taking the sense of the meeting on these names, or on which name the sense of the meeting should be taken first-eventually it was agreed to take the sense of the representatives on the name of John Comly first. From the observation I made, I concluded that there were about two-thirds of the representatives in favour of John

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