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about seventeen years and Milla aged about twenty five years to have and to hold the aforesaid slaves in the premises about mentioned unto them the said John Langden and Dennis Ramsay their executors administrators and assigns forever provided nevertheless and so it is understood between the parties that the said Negroes are all of them to remain in the possession of the said Baldwin Dade during the pendency of the aforesaid suit against him and that the said John Langden and Dennis Ramsay... are not to take unto their possession any part of the negroes until the said Thompson V Veitch shall obtain judgement against the said Baldwin Dade in the Alexandria court another and then and in the case they are to take the said property into possession as theirs absolutely and to sell as much thereof as well exonerate them & both of them or either from the claim against Thomas special bail aforesaid after which they are to return the surplus of property, either negroes or money to the said Baldwin Dade or his assigns, nothing in this writing is in any manner to be understood to prohibit the said John Langden and Dennis Ramsay... from surrendering the said Dade to the court or marshal at any time.They shall think proper, in witness either of the parties have hereunto set their hands and seals the pay and year first above written. signed sealed and delivered in the presence of James McGuire John Langden B. Dade Dennis Ramsay John S Stewart Albert [Blackeny?]