The following excerpt of testamony, while given in a matter unrelated to the Quiry & Tyler iron business in Bullitt County, does give some insight into one aspect of that business, including the time in which the business failed.
James E. Tyler (the Tyler of Quiry & Tyler) had given testimony, in part regarding the character of S.H. Ford, and the following is the transcription of Mr. Ford's cross-examination of Mr. Tyler.
Q. Are you a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church and a deacon?
Q. Where did you reside before you came to Louisville?
Q. Were you not engaged in business there, and had you a partner? If so, who? and what business were you engaged in?
Q. Were you not also in business for yourself, and did you not have a partner? Will you please answer this?
Q. Did you not meet with a misfortune of a disastrous character just before you came to Louisville?
Q. What was your condition pecuniarily when you came to Louisville?
Q. What business did you engage in after you came to Louisville?
Q. Did you not engage in the broker's business? and who-furnished the capital?
Q. Do you mean to say you furnished no capital?
Q. Were you not engaged in the iron business in Bullitt county? and who constituted that firm? Were not Charles Quiry and Nathanial Hardy members of that firm? and did not you know that they were men of large means?
Q. Were they not men of large means when you engaged with them in that firm?
Q. Did not the firm fail? and if so, when, and how long after you went into it?
Q. What become of N. Hardy, and did he die insolvent?
Q. Did not Hardy, Quirey, and yourself fail in that operation?
Q. Did you not keep the books of that firm? and who made the settlement after the failure?
Q. Was not Chas. Quirey the day of his death insolvent and poor?
Q. Did you, or one of your family for you, purchase and sell property to a large amount while you were insolvent? If so, what? and to whom was the property deeded?
Q. Has no property been purchased by you in the names of members of your family or friends, which property was yours in fact, but not in law, during your insolvency?
Q. Did or not you furnish out of money collected by you, the money to purchase said property?
Q. Did you claim no interest nor ownership in fact in the property yon purchased in the name of these members of your family? and was the property purchased by you theirs in fact, as well as in law?
Q. Did you not while insolvent claim and cover the property of your brother while he was himself insolvent?
Q. Did you own no property three years ago in fact--that is, real estate? and could a debt be made out of you at that time by law?
Q. Did you not, or some one, engage in purchasing you debts at a very heavy discount?
Q. Did you not pay those debts, dollar for dollar, in stock, with not more than from twelve to sixteen cents to the dollar at the time you thus bought up your debts with said stock?
Q. Did you not, or some one for you, purchase of the assignee of the late J. Rutherford, a debt of some seven or eight thousand dollars for one thousand, or thereabouts?
Q. Have you not during your insolvency dealt in notes--that is, shaving paper--at a heavy discount? and have you not during that time loaned moneys to Baptists, or a member of your own church, as well as others, at from eighteen to thirty-six per cent?
Q. Do you consider yourself solvent at the present time? If so, how long have you been so?
Q. Were you solvent two years ago?
Q. Did you or not give thousands towards the building of the Walnut Street Church, the purchase of a bell, and the like?
JAS. E. Tyler.
From Testimony in Full in the Case of Ford Against Everts For Slander, and Hord Against Ford For Immoral Conduct, Together with a Synopsis and Review of the Same, and Protest Against the Precedent and Action of the Frankfort Council, published by the Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1859, pages 65-67.
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