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importance and at the time of the execution of the Bill of Sale and the delivery of the slaves further incapacitated from attending properly to his own interest by the too free use of ardent spirits. And he knows that he would have taken care to secure his rights under the contract aforesaid in a better manner than he did do but for his unfortunate condition at the time. He further states that the sum of money agreed to be paid by said Stevens was not half the value of the said slaves. And knowing the unfortunate condition in which he was then he charges that the said Stevens took deliberately advantage of him and procured the slaves & bill of sale aforesaid from him. The said Stevens holds the receipt of Your Orator for $220 which he procured from him. Your Orator hardly knows how but without paying him any money therefor or any thing equivalent to the money. Your Orator has made some purchases from said Stevens and has done some work for him and may possibly have given the said Stevens some receipts but however that may be he knows and charges that he has never receipted the whole of the $800 in value. At the time of the Bill of Sale, owing to Your Orators incapacity to do business, being then a pliant Fool in the hands of said Stevens Your Orator did not get from him the written obligation which he promised him at the time of the sale, but afterwards he did succeed in getting from said Stevens, to wit in the month of March or April 1845 an obligation under his hand & seal to the following and as nearly as the persons who frequently saw it in Your Orator's possession can remember in the following words. I John Stevens do hereby bind myself to return to Ned Williams five negroes named as follows Sally, Paulina, Jane, Munroe and Indiana at any time he may pay me Eight Hundred Dollars, the purchase money paid by me to him for said slaves, to the fulfillment of which promise I bind myself my heirs &c as witness my hand and seal this day of [blank]1845 (Signed) John Stevens {Seal} This paper was signed sealed and delivered by said Stevens to Your Orator in the Month of March or April 1845. In the year 1848 your orator having heard that the said Stevens was threatening to sell some of said slaves shewed the obligation to one of his neighbors who offered to lend him the money to redeem the said slaves and according to his advice Your Orator forbid the said Stevens from selling said slaves and offered to pay him the said sum of $800 and demanded the slaves of him the said Stevens positively refused so to do and was violently enraged at Your Orator's offering the money he having relied doubtless that Your Orator could never have it in his power so to do - under these circumstances the neighbor who offered to lend the money to Your Orator having no wish to get into any difficulty declined having any thing further to do with it. At that time the said Stevens tried to get possession of the said paper and Your Orator therefore placed it in the hands of another neighbor to take care of for him. That person did accordingly retain the paper in his possession several months and then returned it to Your Orator who put it with his other papers at his house. In the year [blank] Your Orator moved from his then place of residence to another place some mile off. And while he was moving and before he had moved all his plunder the House he first lived at was destroyed by fire - by this fire he lost all his papers and he is satisfied that this paper was one of them