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

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3 Joseph Bruin or any other person in secretly sending away the said girl. On the contrary, this defendant took pains to promulgate, that he should leave for the south, on the day he started, so that those who felt an interest in investigating the title, to said girl, might have an opportunity of so doing before the departure of this defendant. This defendant denies all fraud or impropriety of conduct, in reference to the purchase of said girl. He also denies that she was carried secretly to the south, but avers, that she with the said other slaves, were conveyed to Georgia, by the public modes of conveyance - steamboats, rail - roads - and having now answered, this defendant, prays to be hence dismissed the court his reasonable costs in this behalf expended & he will ever pray &c. James H. Simpson Alexandria County, to wit: James H. Simpson personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the peace, in, and for the County aforesaid, and made oath in due form of law, that the facts set forth in the above answer, so far as they rest in his own knowledge, are true, & so far as they are derived from the information of others, he believes to be true. Given under my hand this 17th day of May 1849. John H Brent