Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County
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stated $45 in silver, in pursuance to that contract; and he contends that if such contract had existed, as it is stated, that it can avail nothing in this or any other suit. And he here relies the statute of frauds and perjuries in his defence. This deft however will here state that the whole of the statement made in the bill in relation to Austin Day & his contract, is false so far as this deft knows any thing about it, except that it is true, that said Day cropped with said Stephen two or three years, and that he was only received by said Stephen as a cropper, that is, that said Day was to work upon the farm and receive a portion, perhaps one fourth, of the crop he might raise, for his services. He does not consider it material to answer any thing in relation to the charge of this deft's. conduct towards Austin Day, as to driving him off from the farm, & in relation to that other gross vulgarity mentioned in the bill, yet he here positively denies every word thereof as to himself, and he believes that there are none of the children of his father but what could truly so deny. This deft also denies that his father ever intended to free the said two slaves by his will; & he denies that said Stephen was prevented from saying any thing that he chose to say about his said two slaves, by his children, near the death of said Stephen or at any other time; and he contends that if it were true that said Stephen intended to declare any thing in relation to the freedom of said two slaves at the close of his life, & had even made such declaration, as that alleged, that it could not avail the said Barbara or the said two children of any thing. This deft further states that Stephen Osborne had ten children & that he is one of them; that he has purchased the interest in said two slaves of four of the said children & theirs of Stephen, & that thus he is intitled [entitled] to the