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To the worshipful Justices of the County Court of Prince Edward in Chancery sitting: Humbly complaining sheweth unto your Worships - your Orator Edward W Preston that some time in the year 1825 he bought a negro man in the county of Cumberland of the estate of Richmond Allen dec'd, and removed him to the County of Prince Edward; that nearly two years say one year & nine months afterwards the said negro ran away from your Orator, and returned to the neighbourhood from which he had been carried; that whilst the said negro was a runaway a certain William A. Howard of the County of Cumberland who owned the wife of the said negro proposed to trade for him. That your Orator embraced the offer, and on the very night on which he was apprehended (and he was apprehended in the immediate neighbourhood of the said Howard) carried him to said Howard's house and exchanged him for one of Howard's negroes - that the exchange was made at Howard's own house in the absence of witnesses, and without, as your Orator solemnly avers, any warranty either as to health or quality: none being necessary as Howard knew the said negro fully as well as your Orator himself & your Orator did believe at the time that he was perfectly sound and well, but would not have undertaken to warrant any thing so precarious as human health or human life - that the said negro died some two or three months after Howard got him, and he instituted suit against your Orator for an alleged fraud, on the part of your Orator in the said exchange. that the cause came on for trial at the last May term of the County Court of Prince Edward, and the said Howard, in the absence of all testimony going to prove any thing like a warranty on the part of your orator of [the] soundness of the said negro, or that he [knew] or ever had cause to suspect