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The undersigned who was by an order of the worshipful the county court of Smyth County made the 17th day of September 1850 appointed to make sale of Jim Smith a runnaway confined in jail begs leave to report that obedience to said order after having advertised the time and place of sale for one month in the [Alytheville?] Republican did on Tuesday the 22nd of October 1850 (been of the the first day of the October term of said court) in front of the court house door of said county sell at public outcry for cash the said Jim, when James I Bendleton being the highest and best bidder became the purchaser of said boy Jim for the sum of six hundred and seventy six dollars