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Hughe, John E., etc. v. Bruin, Joseph, etc.: Chancery Cause, Arlington County

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2. 1849, delivered the said Mary Catherine, with the other slaves to Henry P. Hill, one of the said firm of Bruin & Hill, since which period this defendant does not Know, what disposition has been made of her. This defendant expressly denies, that prior said purchase, he had any Knowledge, of any doubt, or difficulty, about the title to the said Mary Catharine, as a slave for life, and as to the particular claim now set up, by the complainants, he denies that he any information of it or that there was such parties in existence, until the process in this cause was served on him, which it appears was on the 30th of April 1849. Hearing that there was a negro girl for sale, confined in the jail of Alexandria County, this defendant on seeing her, & being informed that she belonged to Frederick Vaccari, called on him & after agreeing upon the terms, purchased and paid for her, in manner aforesaid. That after said purchase, and before the said Mary Catharine, was carried to the South, he heard a rumor, that said Vaccari was only entitled to her services for a term of years. He immediately called on Vaccari, with a view to inform himself, what just foundation there was, for such a report, and made particular enquiries into the title of said girl, saying to said Vaccari, that if there was to be any difficulty about it this defendant, would prefer returning the girl, & receiving back the purchase money. This defendant however was assured by said Vaccari, that the said Mary Catharine, was a slave for life, and that he Vaccari had owned & held her as such from her birth. This defendant expressly denies that he confederated with.