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To the Honorable John Brown, Chancellor of Western District of Virginia. The separate answer of Frederick Idle to a Bill in Chancery against him & others exhibited in the Honorable Court of Chancery held at Staunton. This defendant saving to himself all benefit of exceptions to the many uncertainties &c in the said Bill contained for answer thereto Saith, That true it is that this defendant did remove from Maryland to Virginia about the time stated in the complainants bill and brought the complainant with him then a small girl about five years old but denies that he brought her contrary to Law as stated in the complainants bill & begs leave to refer to a bill of injunction & a letter of Philip Gains exhibited in your honorable Court some time ago relative to the freedom suit of the complainant then depending in the court of Grayson against this defendant & that they may be taken as part of his answer, and also begs leave to refer to a copy of the Record of the said Court of Grayson hereto annexed & that it may be taken also as part of his answer. This Defendant denies, that to the best of his knowledge or belief that pains had been taken in the County Court of Grayson to prejudice the people against the Complainants claim to freedom insomuch that a fair and impartial trial could not be expected, as stated in her bill of complaint.