John Fudge vs. Benajah Thompson: Chancery Cause, Augusta County
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To the Worshipfull Court of Augusta County in Chancery sitting humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships your Orator John Fudge that He purchased in ye ear 1781 of a Certain Benajah Thompson two Negroes named Libby & Will for ye sum of L180 for which he passed his Bond That After Making Considerable Payments, he took up ye Original Bond & Passed another for the Ballance he then supposed to be due, That After ye Dates of ye last Bond he Made a payment or Payments Reducing ye Sum to about L15 & Payments were made in four Horses to said Thompson, a Waggon Load of Butter & Whiskey to Alexd'r St Clair Gent. on ye same acc't. upwards of twenty Pounds answered Archer Mathews Also sums of Money Answ'd William Eastham & James Coursey. Also four or five Guineas Paid to ye Order of said Thompson. Your Orator sheweth that after the payments made as aforesaid the said Benajah Thompson assigned his Bond to a Certain Bartlet Thompson whom your Orator prays may be made Deft to this Bill & who your Orator Has reason to believe was privy to said Payments & that ye assignment was made for fraudulent purposes. That ye said Deft after ye assignment aforesaid Put ye bond in suit in this worshipful Court & as your Orator had not been sufficiently