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so lost but your orator is fortunately armed with the most clear and satisfactory testimony to establish the fact that the paper did exist both by the evidence of those persons who saw it and also by the admissions of the said Stevens himself. He also charges that the said obligation is of full force, never having in any way been complied with on the part of said Stevens. Your orator also states that on the day of 1851 he was again fortunately able and is still to redeem the said slaves and accordingly he did on that day offer to pay the said Stevens the sum of $800 and demanded of him the said slaves that for fear the said Stevens might [illegible] a legal tender he procured the sum of $800 in gold and offered it ot him that the said Stevens refused & still refuses to return the said slaves as he had undertaken to do & your orator now here offers and tenders to pay the said sum of money and is ready to obey any interlocutory or otehr order your honor may make in regard to the said sum of money, either to the said Stevens or into court-and he prays that teh said slaves be returned to him by said Stevens. Your orator further states that he wishes to get fhte said slaves themselves.