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William J. Isabell vs. Elisha Peters, etc.: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 1 of 3)

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To the Honorable Lucas P. Thompson Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law, and Chancery for the County of Amherst, (sitting as Chancellor), your Orators William J. Isbell, Robert Isbell, and Maurice H. Garland Administrator with the will annexed of Christopher Isbell deceased humbly represent: That on the [blank] day of [blank] your Orator William J. Isbell as agent for his father Christopher Isbell (who was living, but has since died), purchased for the said Christopher from a certain Seth Halsey of the town of Lynchburg a negro man slave named Edmund at the price of $300. for which your Orators William J. and Robert, and the said Chris[to]pher executed their bond payable to the said [page torn] Halsey on the 1st day of January 1834. at the [page torn] of the said purchase, and in the various prelim[enary] conversations between the said Halsey, and your Ora[tor] [Willi]am J. in relation thereto, the said Halsey unifor[mly] represented to your Orator William J. that the said slave was perfectly sound, and free from disease, and your orator William J. confiding in the said representations, and believing them to be true, made the purchase, and the bond aforesaid was executed in the manner before stated. Your Orators charge, that the said representations were wholly untrue, and that the said slave at the time they were made, and at the time of the purchase aforesaid was unsound, and radically, and permanently diseased, and thence so continued until his death which occurred some short time after said purchase, and was caused by the unsoundness, and disease with which he was afflicted at the time of said purchase. The said slave rendered no service whatever after said purchase, but on the contrary was a charge, and expense from the date of the purchase until his death, so that the whole consideration of said bond has utterly failed. After the diseased condition of said slave was discovered