Daniel: Chancery Cause, Bedford County (Part 1 of 2)
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accrued at the death of the testator and that their right to freedom was perfect as soon as the Executors of the said will might assert to the legacy of freedom contained in the said will. But your orators are advised & believe that this part of the said Clause was inserted by their testator in his abundant precaution to free the said negroes in any construction that might be placed upon his will. Your orators have been informed and believe & therefore charge that the cause of the said Eighteen slaves remaining behind was the refusal of the said slave Daniel to go to Liberia - for they had at one time consented to go to Liberia & had made all their arrangements to do so, but when they heard of the refusal of the said Daniel & that he had had the Justices of the County of Bedford summoned to make his application to remain in the County, they were induced to believe thereby that they had the same right to remain as the said Daniel. Your orators would further state that the said Daniel has been hired out since the death of their testator & thus there is now in their hands the proceeds of his hire. Your orators therefore pray that your Honor will construe the said will as to the said slave Daniel and as to whether the said