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Echols, Peregrine v. Leftwich, Exrs. of Thomas: Chancery Cause, Lynchburg City (Part 1 of 5)

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The answer of Augustine Leftwich Executor of Thomas Leftwich to a bill of complaint exhibited against him in the Superiour Court of Chancery for the Lynchburg District by Peregrine Eckolls [Echols] — This Defendant reserving &c. for answer says, that he knows nothing of his own knowledge of any agreement between his testator and the said James Flannagan [Flannigan] concerning the slave Betty in the bill mentioned. He has found among the papers of his testator an absolute bill of sale dated the sixteenth of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety six from the said James Flannagan to his testator by which said bill of sale the said James Flannagan in consideration of the sum of one hundred and forty pounds conveyed to his said testator two female slaves named Lucy and Betty and a negro boy named Isaac which will more fully appear by the said bill of sale which is herewith exhibited as a part of this answer. This Defendant supposed that the said slave Betty mentioned in the said bill of sale is the same slave spoken of in the bill. The said slave was claimed by his testator as his own absolute property as far back as this Defendant can remember and he does not recollect ever to have heard either from his testator the said James Flannagan or any other person that the said slave was held in mortgage by his testator or that the said James Flannagan had any right to redeem her until the commencement of this suit and this Defendant is convinced