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 district court of chancery directed by law to be holden in Lynchburg in chancery setting the seperate answer of Richard Dabbs to a bill filed against him and William Willis by John Tayloe This respondent saving & reserving to himself all benefit of excepting to the many errors & mistatements in the said bill contained that it may hereafter be necessary for him to make for answer saith, that early in the month of January 1818 he did sell to the complainant the two negroes in the bill mentioned for the price of $950 payable four months after date as well as this respondent recollects as he was informed by the said Willis who took a bond to himself on which suit was brought in the county court of Campbell and prosecuted to a Judg't on a forthcoming bond. This respondent admits that the other deft was his agent & that this respondent is responsible for all his acts respecting the sale of the negroes aforesaid. This respondent begs leave to state that he purchased the negro man from the exr of Col Jesse Watson at Public auction at Charlotte Court house for the sum of 560 odd dollars he was represented there to be a sound Healthy man by the seller of whom he purchased. This respondent held him about two years & never knew him to be the least sick except at one time he had a short spell of bilious fever with which the greater of the family was afflicted