John Tayloe vs. William Willis, etc.: Chancery Cause, Lynchburg City (Part 1 of 2)
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To the Honorable Creed Taylor Judge of the Superior Court of Chancery directed by Law to be holden in Lynchburg. Your Orator John Tayloe respectfully sheweth, that in the spring of the year 1818 he purchased of a certain William Willis who was the Son in Law and Agent of a certain Richard Dabbs both of the County of Charlotte Two Negro Slaves named Moses, and Rebecka, and agreed to give therefor the Sum of Nine Hundred and fifty Dollars on a Credit of Six months for which he executed his Bond to the said Willis - that at the time of the purchase the said Willis represented said slaves to be sound and your Orator bought them of him as such - That some short time after your Orator had bought them and before he had left them long enough to be acquainted with the state of their health, he sold them to a certain Hezekiah Hendrick who after he had kept them a short time returned them to your orator alledging they were unsound and diseased and your Orator was compelled to take them back and cancell the contract - your Orator willing still to make a further effort to avoid dispute with the said Willis sold them to a certain William Mitchell in the hope that the disease with which they were afflicted would be of short duration and that they would recover from its effects - These circumstances were understood by the said Mitchell and as well him as your Orator were willing to make a fair experiment of the health and Value of the Slaves, but instead of recovering the Negro man aforesaid became in a very short time totally blind and useless, and after being placed under the care and superintendence of the most eminent phicians about Lynchburg died under the blindness and disease in his