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and colt now in contraversie. The two negro servants of Collins testified that being sent to Josiah Convars farm to see the mare and colt afforsaid do affirme thay do certainly know them to be their master's mare and colt notwithstanding the mare being clipt as aforsaid. In defence of his ownership of the mare and colt Josiah Converse put on James Thompson, James Convars, Nathaniel Hilton and Isaac Brooks. As neither plaintiff or defendant were allowed to testify in their own behalf in 1670, neither Collins or Converse personally appear as witnesses in the case. The Converse witnesses testified that the mare would not leave the Converse farm as it was her home. When taken away five miles to better feed shee returned home againe and futher shee hath all the qualities of the breed she came of. They testified that the mare is the mare Josiah Convars bout of his owne and had not been ridden except once or twice or thereabouts. Shee was as unrewly as colt never broken & shee woul