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Jack, etc., Trustee of v. Vass, Exr. of Philip E.: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)

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The answer of Isaac Medley Executor of Philip E. Vass dec'd. to a bill of Complaint exhibited against him in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Halifax County by James Young, and Jacob, Patsey, Meriweather, Mary & Matilda free persons of Colour. This respondent reserving and saving & for answer to said bill or so much thereof as he is advised it is material for him to answer answers and says: that he admits the will of said Philip E. Vass--that this Respondent qualified as his Executor, and has assets sufficient to meet the claim of plaintiffs. he also admits the decree refered to in the bill establishing the right of the coulered plaintiffs to their freedom : this respondt. is ready to abide by any decree the Court may see fit to make in the premises--but feels it his duty to submit to the Court whether under the will of the said testator, any present interest as to the sum of 2000 $ is given to the said plaintiffs or to James Young for them--or whether it is not a mere appropriation of said sum in the hands of his Executor to meet and pay off the Contracts of the said James Young made for the benefit of the said slaves as they may become due and payable. Your Respondent is advised that if the said slaves should all die, or forfeit their Right to freedom, before any purchase in North Carolina is made for them, that then the next of kin of Philip E. Vass or his residuary legatees would be entitled to the said sum, and not the said James Young. And if as your Orator understands is the Case, the laws of North Carolina will not permit the settlement of the Coloured