Executors' response to the petition of Anna M. J. Kingsley

Executors' response to the petition of Anna M. J. Kingsley Page 7

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Page 9 have permitted them to make distribution of said monies when the same was received by them, but a state of things arose afterwards which prevented them from doing so. In relation to said securities the respondents say that a large amount of said monies was loaned not only with the Knowledge and without any objection, but with the express approbation of one of the Counsel for said petitioner, and in some cases at his insistence and the securities for said Loans were drawn up and prepared by him in his own hand writing which will appear on reference thereto and which these respondent are ready to produce, if required. These respondents admit that they have continued the planting operations of the said Zeph. Kingsley since his death on his said plantation call San Jose but that they have done so from necessity and because of the difficulties which prevented them from converting the property thereon into money and making distribution thereof among the respective Legatees; and these respondents believe that until these difficulties should be removed that to keep the slaves of the Estate Together and employed in the planting operation on the plantation established by the testator himself and in operation at the time of his death was the safest course for them to pursue and best for the interests of those concerned in the Estate: and the respondents believe that in this determination they have not com- mitted an error, and that the Estate has sustained