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Aaron: Freedom Suit, Prince Edward County (Part 1 of 2)

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The answer of Catherine Baker to the Bill of Complaint exhibited against her and others Exrs of Andrew Baker Dec'd in the County Court of Prince Edward This Resp for Answer to so much of the Complts Bill as she is advised is material for her to Answer saith, That she admits she is the widow and relict of Andrew Baker dec'd, that the said Andrew Baker had promised the complt his freedom as stated by the Complt. And the winter before the said Andrew Baker died, he discharged the said Aaron from service and told him to go and work with , or hire himself to whom he pleased, and advised the said Aaron when he hired himself to take the bond to some person who would see that he had justice, and mentioned some of the neighbours on whom he might rely for this purpose The said Aaron went off, and hired himself to a Mr. Wm. Cary, the said Cary came to the said Andrew Baker dec'd and conversed with him respecting the freedom of the said Aaron, and executed a bond to Andrew Baker for the hire he had agreed to give Aaron, after the bond was executed the said Andrew Baker Senr. expressed his intention to send the bond to sd Aaron, by the said Cary, But said the said Baker there may be some impropriety in sending the bond by the man from whom it is due. I will keep the bond till Aaron comes up to see us & then I will