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Sam: Chancery Cause, Augusta County (Part 1 of 2)

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Sam remained perhaps a year when your orator wishing to move several cabins hauled his materials & assisted Sam in building a cabin on another part of the farm. There Sam has lived ever since cultivating as well as he could a two acre lot - Your orator has furnished his fire wood - pasturage for a horse &c. &c. & has paid the taxes on Same until exempted by the court - paid taxes on his horse & in various ways has helped him along so as to enable him to live in comfort. He has also at various times paid money to & for Law amounting to not less than forty dollars.For some of these things your orator made charges against Sam, conceiving that he had a right to pay Sam in this way the bond of $65 - but he has never pretended to keep any regular account against him in comfort as long as he lives. Under these circumstances your orator was surprised at being sued by Sam & he supposes your Honor will be surprised also. He herewith exhibits an account showing that he has overpaid the bond of $65 without going into any minute account with him & saying nothing of his being obliged to support him the balance of his life - an obligation the force of which is well known to all who have had anything to do with old family servants. In tender consideration of the premises & that your orator is without relief