Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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

image 7 of 18

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

To the Hon: Lucas P. Thompson judge of the circuit superior Court of Law & Chy. for Augusta County The Answer of Sam a free man of colour to a bill of complaint exhibited against him in your Hon: court by Thomas Johnston. This respondent saving to himself the benefit of all exceptions to the complainant's bill in answer to so much thereof as he is advised it is material for him to answer, saith - It is true that at the last term of your Hon: Court your respondent obtained a judgment at law against the plff. for debt int: & costs mentioned in the bill. But your respondent denies that the pff. had any just defence against said debt, or that he was prevented from asserting such defence as he had by any misunderstanding between him & your respondents counsel - Your respondent has no personal knowledge of what occurred between his counsel, & the plff., not having been present at any interview between them, but he has since conversed with his counsel & understands from him that the following were the facts of the case - Having endeavored in vain to procure payment of the debt mentioned in the bill of his attorney for suit - That attorney endeavored to persuade your respondent not to bring the suit but to settle the matter amicably or by arbitration - Your respondent replied that he had made many efforts to do so, but as the plff. refused to acknowledge that he owed your respondent anything, there was no alternative left & suit must be brought. It was accordingly instituted & after the