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The Answer of Jno Holcombe Overstreet to the Bill of Complaint of John Clarke This Deft. now and at all times saving to himself, all manner of benefit, & advantage of Exceptions to the many imperfections of the said Bill of Complaint for answer to so much thereof as he is advised in material for him to answer, he answereth & saith that some time in the month of February in the year 1790 this Defendant did agree with the said Compl't. that his Slave Jack a most Valuable young negro man Slave should work at the Black Smiths Trade at the Comp'lts. that the Comp'lt. sho'd. provide a good hand to strike at the anvil, should also provide lodging. Deit, house room, Charcoal, & other necessaries for carrying on the Black Smiths business, except Tools, which was found by this Deft. and that the said Deft. & Comp't. should Equally divide the profits, made by the aforesaid business, untill Christmass, then next following, as by a certain written agreement signed in due form will appear, reference being there unto had. This deft. admits that he gave his Bond for Thirty pounds to the said Comp't. for a Valuable consideration, shortly after agreement aforesaid which was agreed by the said Compl't. and the said Deft. to be paid & discharged by the labor and profits of the said Black Smith. That near or about the expration of the time for which the agreement aforesaid was to continue this Deft. was given to understand that the obligation he passed to Thomas Gibson for fifty pounds, was assigned over from Gibson to the said Comp't., upon which the said Complainant insisted to keep the said Slave Jack, pretending a property in him, and did actually keep him from that time to the present, employing him at his own business (or)