Brown, Sally: Petition, Richmond City
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answer to the 5th question and also to the 6th The personal estate is too small to be an object with a man to involve himself in [an? as?] administration. Let the sheriff take it. After this, Massrs [Misters] Lyle and McCredie's demand must be urged. But the release of the commonwealth's right of escheat gives them the best chance for payment; as the assembly have generally annexed their payment of debts, as the condition of such release. Sally may by a bill in chancery subject Billy Brown's real estate to the payment of his portion of her annuity; and Massrs [Misters] Lyle and McCredie had better obtain an assignment from her of her right on Billy Brown's estate. answer to the 7th questions Mr. Lyle cannot be compelled to part from any of the personal estate in his hands, until all the debts are paid without an indemnification. It is not every debt, which will subject real estate. It is still uncertain, what the nature is of the debts, which may yet possibly come from Great Britain. But if they affect real estate, it is always liable to them. Mr. Lyle would do well to procure accurate information on this subject, and he might join Sally in the suit in chancery to subject the lands and houses to them. However the shortest and most decisive remedy for all difficulties is an act of assembly. Edm: Randolph Novr 19, 1802