John Fudge vs. Benajah Thompson: Chancery Cause, Augusta County
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To the worshipfull court of Augusta County in Chancery sitting humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships your orator John Fudge that he purchased in ye ear 1781 of a certain Benajah Thompson two Negroes [slaves struck through] named Libby & Will for ye sum of £180 for which he passed his Bond that after making considerable Payments, he took up ye original bond & passed another for the Ballance he then supposed to be due, That After ye Dates of ye last bond he made [some struck through] a payment or payments Reducing ye sum to about £15 [The following struck through- Your orator not being a scholar was much imposed upon in ye first instance by said Thompson whom he prays may be made a defendant to this Bill Because he is informed that] ye payments were made in four horses to said Thompson, a waggon load of butter & Whiskey to Alexdr StClair Gent. on [struck through] ye same acct.