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security, this loan he could not have made upon the faith of the property, the sd. John son, then in possession of in as much as he and his brother George had gone into Court in Nov. 1822 and took the Oath of Insolvent Debtors, there was the Record and William Richards and all the other Creditors did know it Your Respondent the sd. Benjamin hereby positively denies having ever given to either of his sons John and George any slave or slaves or any personal property whatever, except a Horse or two, to each and perhaps a feather bed and a few very trifling articles, not worth naming - The sd. Benjamin acknowledges that he has suffered his sd. sons John & George to reside on his Land for several years, and the sd. Benjamin asks the question of your Honor, has he not the right to suffer his sons or any individual to occupy his Land or any property he has, without subjecting the sd. Benjamin to the payment of occupants Debts - Your Respondent the sd. Benjamin, believes that his neighbors; were well acquainted with those circumstances, and if they were foolish enough, to loan money & credit John & George without first examining the office & knowing their title to be good and in them only, they ought to look to them alone for it, as it would be extremely hard & unjust to subject the land or any Personal property or the sd. Benjamin to the payment of those Debts, and the more so, as the said Benjamin has been compelled as their security to pay under Executions, more he believes, than the land would sell for and the amount of the personal Property, claimed and made by the sd John and George, by their management and care, as he thinks, he can at any time verify; The sd. Benjamin is well assured, that he has paid for them, upwards of $6000, and the Land on which John resides, is now under a Deed of Trust, which when due will amot. [amount] to about $2710 - the circumstances of this debt, and those in the year 1817, the sd, Jno. W Grayson, purchased, of a certain Mahlon Carter, a small piece of land, about 84 acres, adjoining the Land he lived upon, at a very high price, for the payment of which, the sd. Benjamin became the sd. John's security, and after having made several payments for it, the sd. land was sold under a Deed of Trust, given by sd. Jno. W Grayson, and left a balance due to Carter's Heirs, of nearly $2000, for which the sd. Benjamin remains bound as his security; adverse times come on, the money was due and in order to gain time to raise the money, the sd. Benjamin was compelled to give a Deed of Trust on the farm on which the sd. John W Grayson now resides, and is recorded in the Office of Loudoun County; bearing date about the 26th day of May 1824 and will become due on the 1st day of June 1830, with legal Interest thereon, from the 26th October 1822, at that period the Debt