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respondent denies the alligations in this bill that the said $500 was given without "consideration, & was designed to hinder, delay and defraud Creditors" but in truth and in fact that the provision made in the Deed of Trust to secure the payment of the said $500 - was paid for by this respondent by giving said Rucker the sum of $500 in cash. and so $500 was the consideration and a full and fair consideration for Ruckers Bond to this respondent bearing date the 1st day of January 1842; This respondent further answers and says that the said last payment aforesaid, was made as aforesaid before any Supb was served upon this respondent - and indeed long before the filing of the complainants Bill.
This respondent avers that the time of making the Deed of Trust for this respondents benefit by George A. Rucker said Rucker had sufficient other property (not included in said Deed of Trust) to have paid off the debt due to Mr. Carpenter to which the Complainants are securities. It is true as alledged in the Bill that this respondent directed the Trustee to proceed to sell the property conveyed in the Deed but denies that it was done for any purpose of defeating the first claims of any one else - But on the contrary this respondent avers that he had the property sold for the purpose of making the money due him, out of the property conveyed if it could be done - This respondent attendid the sale and ran up the property so as make it cover the