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-children & heirs of William H. Forbes deceased, said William H. & John Gordon & Mary Sophia being the only heirs and devisees of said Thomas Forbes, deceased.That prior and subsequent to the year 1799 the House of Panton, Leslie and Company which consisted of William Panton, John Leslie, and Thomas Forbes were engaged in very extensive mercantile operations in Florida, at that time and long afterwards a Spanish province. That the Spanish Government for political purposes connected with the Indians who then inhabited the country and the borders of the neighboring States, in retaining their friendship and trade, and allegiance to the Spanish Government and its interest, granted great privileges and unusual favors and advantages to the said House, which thereby nearly monopolized the whole of the Indian trade. That the partnership name was subsequently changed to that of John Forbes & Company, and the right and privileges of the old firm renewed & specially conceded to the new firm. That several different partners were admitted and old ones died during the continuance of the firm, but without any other change of name than the one mentioned. That Thomas Forbes one of the original partners and one of the largest capitalists continued a member of both firms to the time of his death, having an interest of one third in all of the effects, rights & credits of said partnership. That said Thomas was the father of your orator John Gordon Forbes -