In the Supreme Court- of the State of Florida
In the matter of the contested will of Susan Murphy, deed
William A. Forward maketh oath and with that on the trial of the [?] in the matter, at the circuit court in Saint Johns County, he was [?]- counsel with George R. Fairbanks, [?], and [?] in the conducting of the cause, and was present- and took down some of the testimony present on the hearing of the cause, and was also present and he and all the testimony in the cause. That the testimony as now presented to the court by George R. Fairbanks and signed by Doctor Peck and Doctor Weems respectively is correct as was given by said witnesses on said trial. And this [?] further said that he was never notified of the presenting of bill of exception and testimony to the Judge for his seprature, nor did this defendant= ever see the same before they were signed, or ever have an opportunity of examining the same before they were signed, that this defendant was in possession of the testimony taken at the trial and expected to have an opportunity of seeing the bill of exceptions before the judge signed them.
Sworn before me this 21[st] day of February 1859