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[illegible] the [illegible], and the maker [illegible] by the pltff: of 19th Dec. 1838 of this Defendant, [illegible] a fraud [illegible] upon his credibility, and [illegible] of this Deff: and by which he is neither legally or morally bound, as he hoped to show by the proofs- It [illegible] [illegible] that in [illegible] would take all the Negroes [illegible] [ilegible] if not, the balance [illegible] whether private or partnership profoundly were to have been dated, and had [illegible] have taken these, and these only, [illegible] this Deff to take the average prices for his private Negroes- The Deff. Edmund Roper can best answer the allegation of the bill, in acclaim to the bill of sale, this Deff. must not [illegible], and suppress the pltt. [illegible] paper [illegible] a view to his own intellect and not that of the [illegible], Edmund Roper, must no move agent of the Deff. than of the pltff. as [illegible] [illegible] out by the bill in the other case, he [illegible] as an [illegible], to the said Jordan; The said Pltff. as before states has bound to take the Negroes to Mississippi; Edmund Roper had no [illegible] in such [illegible], has a mere youth, the pact is that the pltff. as he has [illegible] heard made several attempts to rid himself of the [illegible] and [illegible] of the [illegible] [illegible] others to perform it for him, and finally employed [illegible] long as shown by this Deff. bill- This defendant, believed the Pltff. was well able to perform the tasks, but is not then in [illegible] his misinformed and should not be [illegible] when the Deff. This Deff. denies that any act of the Pltt. in delivering a bill of sale to Edmund Roper made the Negroes partnership [illegible]- the [[illegible] of the Plaintiff in obtaining the paper of 19th Dec 1838 and practicing upon the credibility of the Deff. [illegible] intended as a fraud upon the rights of this Dept. This Dept. [illegible] [illegible] to close this adventure [illegible] the Pltt. after the [illegible] of Edmund Roper, and it is strange indeed, that the Pltt. should have declined the