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The answer of James Minor to a Bill of Injunction exhibited by Robert Lewis against Himself and Nelson Barksdale date, before this Honorable John Brown Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery holden for the Staunton District.  
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The answer of James Minor to a Bill of Injunction exhibited by Robert Lewis against Himself and Nelson Barksdale, before the Honorable John Brown, Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery holden for the Staunton District.   This defendant reserving to Himself all manner of exceptions &c, for answer thereto, saith, That being possessed of and owning a Negro man named Will, and the same in the Bill  
This defendant reserving to himself all manner of exception &c, for answer thereto saith That being possessed of and owning a Negro man named Will and the same in the Bill  
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of the Complainant mentioned, who had been guilty of theft and running away, tho' a valuable slave for work, he in the Spring of the year 1816, employed the Deft Barksdale to endeavor to effect a sale of Him. That in pursuance of this authority this authority the Deft Barksdale went with the negro to Buckingham Court House and on returning Home, delivered to this Deft the Bond of the Complainant Lewis, for the sum of $450 payable [blank] as the price for which he had sold Him. That this Deft expressly required the said Barksdale to conceal nothing of the character of the Negro & his former conduct, & he presumes he did not from the price he got for Him & the manner in which it was made payable, the negro being sound & healthy, a valuable work Hand, & not an old man. That upon the Bond of the complainant  becoming due & His refusal to pay it off, this Deft instituted suit thereon in
of the Complainant mentioned who had been  
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  the County Court of Albemarle & obtained Judgement as stated in the Bill. This Deft being personally unacquainted with the Facts & circumstances attending the sale, cannot further answer the allegations of the Bill of the Complainant, than by stating that he believes, & expects to prove, them to be groundless & untrue. He prays to have the Benefit of His Judgement at Law, & to be dismissed
guilty of theft and running away tho' a valuable
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from this Worshipful Court, with his Costs & damages adjudged unto Him &c.
slave for work, he in the Spring of the year 1816  
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employed the Deft Barksdale to endeavor  
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Albemarle County Sct This day the above Deft James Minor appeared before me a Justice of the peace for sd. County & made oath on the Holy Evangelists, that the above statements are true. Given under my Hand this 5 day of April in the year 1818    T [Goss?]
to effect a sale of him. That in pursuance  
 
of this authority this authority the Deft Barksdale went  
 
with the negro to Buckingham court house
 
and on returning home delivered to this Deft
 
the Bond of the Complainant Lewis  
 
for the sum of $450 payable  
 
as the price for which he had sold him.  
 
That this Deft expressly required this said Barksdale  
 
to conceal nothing of the character of the negro
 
& his former conduct & he presumes he did not  
 
from the price he got for him & the manner  
 
in which it was made payable, the negro being  
 
sound & healthy a valuable work Hand &  
 
not an old man. That upon the Bond of  
 
the complainant  becoming due & his refusal
 
l to pay it off this Deft instituted suit thereon in
 
  the County Court of Albemarle & obtained  
 
Judgement as stated in the Bill.  
 
This Deft being personally unacquainted
 
with the Facts & circumstances attending the
 
sale, cannot further answer the allegations
 
of the Bill of the Complainant, than by stating
 
that he believes & expects to prove, them to be
 
groundless & untrue. He prays to have the
 
Benefit of His Judgement at Law & to be dismissed
 
from the Worshipful Court, with his Costs &
 
damages adjudged unto Him &c
 
Albemarle County Sct This day the above Deft James Minor appeared
 
before me a Justice of the peace for sd County & made oath on the Holy
 
Evangelist that the above statements are true. Given under my Hand
 
this 5 day of April in the year [illegible]
 
[Pross?]
 

Latest revision as of 08:30, 20 October 2021

The answer of James Minor to a Bill of Injunction exhibited by Robert Lewis against Himself and Nelson Barksdale, before the Honorable John Brown, Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery holden for the Staunton District. This defendant reserving to Himself all manner of exceptions &c, for answer thereto, saith, That being possessed of and owning a Negro man named Will, and the same in the Bill of the Complainant mentioned, who had been guilty of theft and running away, tho' a valuable slave for work, he in the Spring of the year 1816, employed the Deft Barksdale to endeavor to effect a sale of Him. That in pursuance of this authority this authority the Deft Barksdale went with the negro to Buckingham Court House and on returning Home, delivered to this Deft the Bond of the Complainant Lewis, for the sum of $450 payable [blank] as the price for which he had sold Him. That this Deft expressly required the said Barksdale to conceal nothing of the character of the Negro & his former conduct, & he presumes he did not from the price he got for Him & the manner in which it was made payable, the negro being sound & healthy, a valuable work Hand, & not an old man. That upon the Bond of the complainant becoming due & His refusal to pay it off, this Deft instituted suit thereon in

the County Court of Albemarle & obtained Judgement as stated in the Bill. This Deft being personally unacquainted with the Facts & circumstances attending the sale, cannot further answer the allegations of the Bill of the Complainant, than by stating that he believes, & expects to prove, them to be groundless & untrue. He prays to have the Benefit of His Judgement at Law, & to be dismissed

from this Worshipful Court, with his Costs & damages adjudged unto Him &c.

Albemarle County Sct This day the above Deft James Minor appeared before me a Justice of the peace for sd. County & made oath on the Holy Evangelists, that the above statements are true. Given under my Hand this 5 day of April in the year 1818 T [Goss?]