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To The Honorable Creed Taylor Chancelor for the Lynchburg District Humbly complaining shew unto to your honor, your Orator Young Shelton, that some time in the month of January 1816 your Orator hired three negroe men slaves for the term of twelve months to a certain John Callaway of the County of Franklin herein after call'd. Defendant for the sum of one hundred and eighty Dollars payable twelve months after the date of the Contract; that so soon as the Contract was entered into, your Orator was directed by the said Defendant to carry a small piece of paper to a certain Josiah W. Dickenson (then acting as an agent of the said Defendant as your Orator understands) containing instructions to the said Josiah to execute a note to your Orator for the sum of one hundred and eighty Dollars being the amount of negroe hire, that the said Josiah pursuant to the instructions aforesaid executed a note under seal to your Orator signed by himself as agent for Callaway & Early, which note for greater Certainty is herewith exhibited and prayed to be taken as part of this his bill. Your Orator further sheweth that he was entirely ignorant of the proprietors of the Iron works establishment, the manner in which it was conducted, by whom, and at that time, of the Defendant himself, knowing that his slaves were to be employed in carrying on the said Iron works, of which the said Defendant seemed to have the controul and management, trusting to the representations of those (whom he supposed disinterested) as to the Credit of the said establishment, and his belief, in the honor, and integrity of the Defendant, permitted him to