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immediate employment between thirty and forty days, the said plaintiff proposed to said Thomas Clasby, that he would give him the price for said negro which had been fixed on by him, to wit $700, $50 in cash, and the balance at the time stipulated in the plaintiff's bond to said Clasby, and the contract closed. These respondents do not know, what representations were made by said Thomas Clasby to said pltff, at the time of said contract, if any, in relation to said negro's health or soundness, nor do they believe, from the best information they have received that any such were made, or that any warranty was required by said pltff, at the timeof said contract, these respondents have been informed and believe it to be true that the said Clasby, informed the pltff before, and at the time of the contract, of the cause why he sold said negro. These respondents, from all the information in their possession do not believe that said negro was in any wise diseased or unsound, at the time he was sold to the pltff. These Respondents are informed and verily believe it to be true, that said negro after said sale, was employed by the said plaintiff at his house in the crop, for about twelve months, and during that time, he laboured as constantly and as well, as any slave of his age, and bodily strength after this he was hired by the pltff to a certain William Knight of the county of Amherst, from whom he ranaway in the dead of winter, during a very inclement spell of weather and when returned never having recovered, from the effects of frostbite These Respondents therefore deny the allegations of the said pltff's bill of complaint except that is herein before admitted to be true and having fully answered the same as far as it is proper or material for them to answer, pray that the pltffs Injunction be dissolved and his [right side of page] bill dismissed, and that these respondents recover their costs by them in this behalf expended &c &c William Bourne one of the ad Debonis non of Ths Clasby Dcd Nelson County Sct This day William Bourne one of the foregoing respondents personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace for said County, and made oath that the matters and things contained in the foregoing answer so far as related prove his own information are true, and so far as related from the information of others he believes to be true. Given under my hand hand this 15th day of March 1824. Robert Tinsley