Hagar: Freedom Suit, Augusta County (Part 8 of 17)
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Wythe County Sct.. The Affadavit of Stephen Sanders taken before me John Stanger a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid and being sworn saith that Mr. Idle brought to this affiants house on Wednesday night three Writs and a Copy of a Judgt of Grayson Court in a case Hager agt Idle in favour of said Idle this affiant recd the writs two of them in the name of said Idle agt Philip Gaines and one in the name of Robert Crockett agt Gaines, Majr Ward one of the Deputy Sheriffs under this Affiant was at this Affiants house at that time who done business in the Part of the County where Gaines was, this Affiant gave Majr Ward the Writs to go down and execute on Gaines, On the next Saturday Evening Mr. Idle came to this Affiants house with a few lines from Majr Crockett stated that Gaines would not be taken by Majr Ward but locked himself up in a house at the Widow Ketterings and Majr Ward's opinion was that the Negroes in Controversy was locked in with him, and that this Affiant had better come down himself as he was Special bail for Gaines to try to Secure himself (this afft) because if Gaines was to go off & take them Negroes with him it would be laying a ground work for a great dispute.