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Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)

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Holy Evangelist of Almighty God. Deposeth and saith. That in the lifetime of Parsons Bradley he obtained a Bill of Sale for certain negroes belonging to the said Bradley, to wit Dick[,] Dilcey[,] Cloe[,] Betty[,] Aggy and Abby and their future increase for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred thirty five pounds ten shillings and six pence which sum became due to the said William Ragsdale partly by debts due the estate of Godfrey Ragsdale his father and his own particular account against the said Bradley which dects said Bradley by his own Guardian rendered me and my account rendered him, appeared to be justly due me in consequence of my not urging the payment by suit at law he agreed and delivered the said negroes personally before witnesses. Sometime in the month of March one thousand seven hundred and sixty six. He shortly after destroyed himself when in perfect health, I administered on the estate and presented to the appraisers all and every individual of the property he formerly owned on the place he died on. My reason for allowing the negroes to be appraised was that there were sundry debts he became liable for as security together with debts I was his security for the amount of which I did not know at the time; the debt he owed my fathers estate I conceived as of the first dignity of my own account was an open account as were also the a/c presented to me for payment except a note of hand to Mr. John Wayles for £3-10. and being willing to act in a manner so as to cause no doubt in any creditor. I allowed them to be appraised although they were mine by fair bargain and possession. Given under my hand this eighty day of September (20)