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children from being in any manner chargeable to the said Stephen and faithfully preferred his said contract as to them so that the said Stephen your oratrix’s master was fully satisfied with the said performance until the said children were about six months old, at which time the said [ostouny?] own children (or some of them) finding your oratrix’s said children were any promising children and that she might have several more, they commenced making offers to their said father Stephen Osburn to purchase them from him but finding they could not succeed, they proceeded to drive the said Austin day from the said Stephens plantation by cursing and abusing of him, pissing on him, and threatening him with horrid imprecations and ruin if he did not leave their said fathers plantation and give up all claim to those your oratrix’s children as free persons, in so much that they drove off the said Austin and compiled him for his own safety to quit the said Stephen’s said plantation and form, greatly against the will of both the said Austin and the said Stephen and much to their primary loss She further states that the said Austin being unwilling to part foremost his children as that they should be slaves and, finding that he would