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have been an act of inhumanity, which no pecuniary consideration would have tempted as to commit while the encumbrance of the children makes the Mother almost wholly valueless. We have every reason to believe that the Purchaser William Fowler, will keep & treat them kindly & believe that we acted best for all concerned. Two others of those sold priority To wit Dandridge & James purchased by Dr. Wm. S. Morris are also children of Rose. The prices which they brought $500.00, is a full one and motive for selling them privately to Dr. Morris was to prevent their entire separation from their Mother who was necessarily parted from several of her children. Had they been exposed at public auction, they would have bought no more money & in all human probability would have been entirely separated from their Mother. The two others sold privately To wit Patsy & Rachel also purchased by Dr. Wm. S. Morris for $250.00 are scrofulous & as we think valueless - certainly neither written of us would consent to take them & keep them as our property. They are the children of Maria & by separating them from their Mother & Sister Lydia, who show no appearance of disease, we were enabled to obtain $790.00 for Maria & Lydia making $1040.00 for Maria & her three children, which we regard as an exorbitant price. In addition to this we were afraid of injuring the sale of the remainder of the Negroes by exposing for sale at public auction Patsy & Rachel, both having the most decided & unmistakeable indications of scrofula & believe that we saved to the Estate of our ward a large amount of money by disposing of them privately. Dr. Morris bought with full information of the condition of the Negroes & cannot complain. We did not offer for sale two of the Negroes formerly reported to this Court as on the Lands of Fleming Saunders, because they are wholly valueless, the one Dinah being old & infirm & the other Mourning being diseased. We have made an arrangement with Fleming Saunders for their comfortable maintenance during life, we paying him the sum of $150.00cts. (See Paper marked B.B.) Five others reported by us to the Court, we find upon investiga-