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

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that his testator purchased the said slave of the said James Flannagan absolutely without any condition or restriction. At the date of the said purchase and for a long time (perhaps ten or fifteen years) after the said purchase the said James Flannagan lived with this Defendant's testator as his overseer and during that period the said slave was permitted to wait up on the family of the said James Flannagan, but during the whole of this time the said slave was on the plantation of the Defendants testator who listed her with the commissioner of the revenue and paid the taxes on her. About seven years ago this Defendant's testator with the knowledge and without the least objection on the part of the said James Flannagan sold the said slave and her three children to a certain Joseph Eckolls for the sum of [blank]. With respect to any demand for the wages of the said James Flannagan as an overseer this Defendant is satisfied that his testator paid the said Flannagan all that he ever was entitled to on that account and whether this be so or not he is advised that the Plaintiff has nothing to do with the matter. And this Defendant having fully answered prays to be hence dismissed with his costs in this behalf expended &c Aug. Leftwich

Corporation of Lynchburg to wit Augustine Leftwich came personally before me an alderman for the sd. corporation & swore that the statements made in the foregoing answer he verily believes to be all true. Given under my hand this 14th day of October 1820 Henry Davis, Alderman