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hour. This was the next day after Wilson arrived here from St. Louis.
Deponent has taken Squire M Gregor for one of his best friends, and has always entertained the best opinion of him. Deponent thought hard of M Gregor because he did not comply with the promise which he thought he once gave him, in relation to inserting the name of Winfield, as a candidate for the county seat of Scott county.
Saturday evening, December 9, 1837. Dr. Reynolds being duly sworn, stated that he had conversation with Wilson in regard to the note, which was given by Wilson to M Gregor, for services to be performed by the latter. Does not recollect the time particularly, but soon after Mr. Wilson came to this place from St. Louis. Deponent happened to meet with Mr. Wilson, Mr. Foley, and he thinks Captain Clark, in the street, near the state house. Wilson was making a statement that he had at some time engaged M.Gregor to procure him a charter for a ferry, if possible, across the Mississippi. If deponent understood the matter with them, Wilson had agreed to pay M'Gregor $100 for his services; Wilson, at some time, having given to M Gregor his papers, petitions, &c. If deponent understood the conversation, Wilson had gone to St. Louis, or some place, leaving these papers with M-Gregor.—His statement was, as near as deponent recollects, when he returned he found his papers had not been presented by M‘Gregor, as he expected. Upon making inquiry of MGregor, as deponent understood, he informed Wilson that he had received other petitions and did not think it advisable to introduce his. Mr. M Gregor should have stated to Wilson, (as deponent understood,) if he would get some other person to introduce his petition, for $300 he would let his petition be lost, and support Wilson's. Wilson stated, that he told MGregor that he thought it was too much, but he would think of it till morning following, and let him know. Wilson, at another conversation, stated to deponent that he had given a note for that amount.
Cross-examined by M Gregor: The conversation took place on the 28th or 29th, either Wednesday or Thursday; deponent is not certain as to the time. Deponent takes it for granted that it was after a bill had been presented by M Gregor to charter a steam ferry company at Davenport.
Question by Committee: Deponent informed Mr. Wilson of some conversation had between him and Mr. Cox; that Mr. Cox took the journal of the house, and turning to M Gregor, pointed out the petitions introduced in the Council, when M'Gregor stated to Cox “ that it was from a person of unfavourable character.” This was after the time of the two previous conversations with Wilson.
Mr. Cook again: Deponent lives about half a mile from M'Gregor; and is acquainted with him. States that the general character of M Gregor for honesty is not favourable in the neighbourhood.
Q. by M Gregor: Deponent cannot say that he has any prejudice against M Gregor; had some difficulty with M‘Gregor a few days before the latter left home. M'Gregor has been employed as attorney against deponent. There had been no difficulty but one between deponent and M Gregor. There has been difficulty between M Gregor and deponent's father, but deponent heard that it had been made up.
December 8, 1837. Mr. Samuel Smith, being duly sworn, states that he lives at Stephenson, Rock Island county, Ill. That he knows John Wilson. The first acquaintance he formed with Wilson was eight or ten years ago, in Green county, Ill. Deponent believes that the general character of Wilson, for veracity, in Green county, when he knew him, was good. His character for veracity, in Stephenson, is also good as far as deponent has had an opportunity of knowing.
Tuesday, Decemer 26th, 1837. Antoine Leclare, having been duly sworn, states that he has been acquainted with M Gregor since the fall of 1834, and that he now resides in the same neighbourhood with M Gregor; that said M Gregor's general character, as far as he knows, is one of the first in the neighbourhood. Deponent has some acquaintance with John Wilson, of Stephenson, and says that he knows nothing against his character, for veracity, in the neighbourhood in which he resides. Deponent would believe Wilson on his oath, from what he knows of his general character.
Q. by Mr. Grimes, counsel for Wilson: Deponent has always thought Mr. Wilson to be a man of truth and veracity; he always took him to be so. There has been an excitement at Stephenson, as far as deponent could learn, against Wilson, as ferryman. Deponent was at Davenport, between the time of the election and the commencement of the session of the legislature, and heard nothing of a ferry charter for a company, After deponent came back, he heard of an application by the people of Dubuque for a public ferry privilege.
Deposition of J. Barnard Smith, of the county of Rock Island, Illinois, taken on the 16th day of December, 1837, at the office of Miles W. Conway, justice of the peace, in Stephenson, Illinois.
The said J. Barnard Smith, deposeth and saith as in the answers to the following interrogatories, viz:
Q. 1. How far do you live from John Wilson?
Q. 2. How long have you been acquainted with said John Wilson?
A. About thirteen months.
Q. 3. What is his character in the neighbourhood where he resides, for veracity ?
A. It is good.
Q. 5. Did you or did you not receive certain notes of hand from said John Wilson, in St. Louis ? If so, how many, against whom, what was the amount of each as nearly as you can recollect, and at what time did you receive them?
A. I received from said John Wilson, in St. Louis, in November last, a note against Jamison Samuel, one against S. Raybourn, one against Langham, one against N. Cameron, one against D. Lamont, two against P. Salsberry, and two others
against persons I do not recollect. They were all small notes except two, to wit--one against Cameron, which was a note of between two and three hundred dollars, and one other between · one hundred and one hundred and ten or fifteen dollars. The
last one was against one of the before mentioned men, but I do not now recollect which.
Q. 6. Did you collect any money on said notes? If so, how much, and of whom?
A. I collected the two notes of Salsberry, one of $50 and the other of $33 33, making in all $83 33—that was all I collected.,
Q. 7. To whom did said John Wilson direct you to return said notes, or pay over the proceeds thereof?
A. To A. W. M'Gregor, Esq. at Burlington.
Q. 8. Do you know of said Wilson receiving in St. Louis, or elsewhere, any money on said notes?
A. I do not know of his receiving any, with the exception of Salsberry-all on whom I knew him to call refused to pay. The said Salsberry made his payment to me, and not to the said Wilson.
Q. 9. What disposition did you make of the notes, and their proceeds ?
A. Not being able to find said M Gregor on my return to Burlington, I paid over $83 to J. W. Parker, Esq. and returned the uncollected notes to him, with the request that he would hand the whole to said M Gregor-the 33 cents in change I was unable to make.
Q. 10. Where, and at what time, did you dispose of them in this manner?
A. At Burlington, on my passage up from St. Louis in a steamboat to this place. It was near the close of last November, and was the last trip of the steamboat M. Fulton from St. Louis to Galena this season.
Q. 11. Are you at present an acting justice of the peace for said county of Rock Island ? A. I am not.
J. BERNARD SMITH. State of Illinois, Rock Island county, ss.-I, Miles W. Conway, justice of the peace, do hereby certify that J. Bernard
Smith was by me sworn according to law, as a witness in the above named cause, and that the foregoing deposition by him subscribed was reduced to writing by me, and taken at the time and place specified in the aforesaid deposition. Given under my hand and seal, this 16th day of December, A. D. 1837.
MILES W. CONWAY, (seal.)