Hughe, John E., etc. v. Bruin, Joseph, etc.: Chancery Cause, Arlington County
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2 16th day of February 1849, & some days thereafter the said negro girl with a number of other slaves were sent by this defendant in charge of the said James H. Simpson, to the said Henry P. Hill, at Griffin, in the State of Georgia, to be sold. This defendant positively denies, that prior to the purchase of the said Mary Catherine, he ever heard the slightest objection to her as a slave for life, or that there was any pretence or suggestion that the said Frederick Vaccari was only entitled to her for a term of years. He received no impression before said purchase from Vaccari, other than that she was absolutely a slave for life, and as such thro: their agent Simpson paid for her a sound price. After said purchase, and probably before the said girl was sent to the South, two females, one of whom this defendant afterwards learned was a Masterson, came to defendants place of business in Fairfax County, and in the course of conversation, as well as this defendant recollects, Mr. Masterson stated that the negro girl Mary Catharine was not a slave for Life, and that Frederick Vaccari had a claim upon her only until she reached thirty eight years of age. In reply to which, this defendant told Mr. Masterson, that the girl had been purchased by Mr. Simpson as a slave for life, and that this defendant had been aware of nothing to the contrary, but that Mr. Simpson would return the girl on receiving the amount paid for her. That no tender of the purchase money having been made to this defendant or his agent Simpson, and hearing nothing more on the subject, the said girl was sent to the South in the manner aforesaid. As to the particular claim of the complainants or that there were any such person in existence this defendant denies all Knowledge, or notice, until the process in this cause was served upon him, or the 30th day of April 1849. This defendant insists that the said Mary Catharine is a