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Whereas I Theodore Meade, acting as Bailiff for Dennis Johnston, attorney in fact for Harriet M. Lloyd, administration of Edward Lloyd, dec. having lured a Distress on a negro girl called Virginia, taken on the premises of Catharine Butts of Alexandria, for the sum of one hundred and forty four dollars due from the said Catharine Butts for the years eighteen hundred and thirty six and eighteen hundred and thirty seven, and whereas, under the authority of said Distress, I have duly advertised the said girl Virginia for sale, according to law, and at the front door of the Court House in Alexandria, on this eighteenth day of January eighteen hundred and thirty eight, I did, in pursuance of said advertisement, proceed to sell the said girl Virginia, at public auction, at which sale George [Kephart?], being the highest bidder, became the purchaser for the sum of three hundred dollars: Now, therefore, know all men by these presents that I, Theodore Meade, Bailiff of Dennis Johnston, attorney in fact for Harriet M. Lloyed, [illegible] of Edward Lloyd dec.for, and in consideration of three hundred dollars, current money of the United States, to me in hand paid by the said George [Kephart?], at, and before the sealing + delivery of these presents (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) have bargained and sold, and confirmed, and do, by these presents, bargain + sell, and confirm unto the said George [Kephart?], the aforesaid negro girl Virginia, the slave late the property of the said Catharine Butts taken under distress by me to satisfy the next aforesaid; To Have and the Hold the said negro girl slave Virginia to the only proper use and behoof of the said George [Kephart?], his executors, administrators and assigns forever.