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The answer of William McClintic to the bill of complaint exhibited against him by John Bollar before Johns Brown Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery holden at Staunton - This defendant saving the usual exceptions for answer to said bill or as much as is material for this Defendant to make answer to answereth & saith that it is not true as is stated in the bill that the coroner of Bath County at the instigation of this Defendant raised the body of negro [illegible] supposed to have been murdered by the complainant nor was it in consequence of any information given by this respondent that a Judge of the Genl. Court issued his warrant for the apprehension of the said complainant to be tried for said murder- These proceedings arose out of circumstances over which this respondent had no controul and in which he had no agency- It is true that this respondent was summoned upon the inquest held over the dead body and tho' he attended on the day he was not sworn on the inquest- your respondent however being possessed of the prevailing curiosity stod together with a number of the by-standers [over?] the dead body together with the wounds inflicted upon it and [well also?] under the impression that the said negro was murdered- The circumstance of this respondent having been present at the inquest induced some person to request the court to have him called and examined as a witness at the called court- Your respondent in his testimony detailed truly and firmly the appearances which the dead body exhibited to the best of his knowledge & recollection to the court-- This evidence was [illegible] by the complainant as bearing so hard against him that tho' he had the decision of the called court by a majority of one in his favor yet he felt conscious that something else must be done to establish his innocence in the eyes of the world- accordingly the cruel and malignant scheme was adopted of destroying the reputation of your respondent- The complainant fancied that your respondent a young man without fortune or influence would fall an easy victim to his malice