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Emanuel: Chancery Cause, Powhatan County

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The answer of Samuel Pleasants, committee of Elizth. Pleasants a person of inferior mind, to a Bill exhibited against her in the Circuit Court of Powhatan by Emannuel a free man of colour & a pauper. This respondent [illegible] & denies the pltf's [equity?], and prays like benefit of this denial as if the same was made by plea in demand for answer saith, that the pltf was born as this respondant believes about the year 1811 or 1812 and was entitled to freedom if at all about the time he obtained it by the judgment of yr. Honl. Court. He refers to the [illegible] of that judgment for the nature of such title and all other facts pertaining thereto. He admits that as committee aforesaid he did receive him for the pltf. for the years 1840 & 1841 as well he might, and that he holds the [illegible] of [illegible] when for 90 dollars for the hire of 1842, and [illegible] to hold the same & receive the proceeds thereof. This respondant denies that he or the said Elizabeth well knew the pltf. to be free which his freedom was in controversy or [illegible]. On the contrary, tho submitting to the judgment of the Court in his case they had been advised that the pltf. and [others?] similarly [illegible] were slaves, and they are still advised that his & their title to freedom is matter of much doubt. And having answered this responant prays a disposition of the injunction & to be [illegible] dismissed with his costs etc. Saml Pleasants Committee [E?] Pleasants City of Richmond SC. Samuel Pleasants committee of Elizabeth Pleasants made oath to the truth of the trying [illegible] in due form before me a Justice of the Peace in & for the City aforesaid this 3rd. Novr. 1843. James Evans J.P.