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6 previously sold at the Big Lick, on the 30th of April 1849, they gave four weeks notice of the time & place of sale is required by said order, in the following Newspapers to wit: The Valley Whig published in the town of Fincastle, the Lynchburg Virginian, the Virginia Patriot & Southwestern Advocate, & the Lynchburg Republican published in the town of Lynchburg & in the Richmond Whig & Richmond Enquirer published in the City of Richmond, as will appear by the respective affidavits of one of the publishers of each of these papers. herewith exhibited,- In addition to these papers we have the same notice in the Wytheville Republican & in the Danville Register; We annex hereto a statement of the slaves sold, of the prices which they brought & of the names of the purchasers, we also add to the statement the names of 7 negroes sold by us privately, which we thought that we ought to do from the strongest considerations of both humanity & policy, The power confered [conferred] on us by the Court to sell at private sale, we felt a strong repugnance to exercise, from considerations, which it is unnecessary now to mention,- as far as we have exercised that power, we are perfectly satisfied that we are justified in having done so, by the claims of humanity & by the interest of the estate of our Ward., Three of the negroes so sold, to wit, Rose & her two children Granville & Amanda brought only the sum of $10:00 an apparently insignificant price, but really a high one, Rose the mother is a woman past the age of child bearing, her two children are both infirm & deformed- the one Granville paralytic, & almost helpless, the other Amanda without hands or feet & as helpless as an infant, To separate the children from their mother, who alone can & will attend to them in the manner which their helpless condition requires would have been an act of inhumanity, which no pecuniary consideration would have tempted us to commit, while the encumbrance of the children makes the mother almost wholly useless, we have every reason to believe that the purchaser William Fowler will keep & treat them kindly & believe that we I acted but for all concerned, Two others of those sold privately to wit: Dandridge & James purchased by Dr. Wm L Morriss are also children of Rose, the price which they brought, $500:00 is a full one, and our motive for selling them privately to Dr Morriss was to prevent their entire separation from their mother