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

Executors' response to the petition of Anna M. J. Kingsley Page 3

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Page 4 insist that in their apprehension of the Law they were not bound to make any settlement of their administration until April eighteen hundred and forty five, the court then held being, in their apprehension of the Law, the annual term, after their being qualified as Executors as aforesaid the term of said County Court at which they were by Law required to render account of their administration of said estate, but if the respondents are wrong in their construction of the Law, yet they insist that they were not guilty of any willful or intentional neglect in not rendering their said account at the April term of said County Court held in April 1844, and they rely on the reasons which they have already assigned as an excuse for their failure to do so. These respondents further say that after giving the notice required by Law for that purpose, they pre- -sented the account of their administration of said estate with the vouchers to the County Court of Duval County at the session thereof in April 1845 and at said term of said Court, and at an adjourned term thereof in July of the same year said account was examined, settled and approved as will appear by reference to said account and the proceedings thereon had in said County Court, and the decree of said County Court on said account, now in this Court, and to all which the respondents pray leave to refer. These respondents admit that they did not file any account of their administration at the April term 1846 [if such term is now held by this Court] of this Court, but these respondents insist that it ought not to be charged to them as neglect if they did not do so.