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Joseph Dillard vs. Admr. of Thomas Clasby: Chancery Cause, Lynchburg City (Part 1 of 2)

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Virginia to wit Please before the Commonwealth Justices of the Peace for the County Court of Amherst in Chancery on the 21 day of March 1823 and in the [blank] year of the Commonwealth. Be it remembered that on this day to rid the 2nd day of March 1823 -- Joseph Dillard presented his bill against Thomas Hales admistrator of Thomas Clasby Decd. to the Court of the County aforesaid by his assuming Henry T Harris Esqr which bill is in the following word and figures to wit: "To the Court of Amherst County in Chancery sitting:: Your orator Joseph Dillard respectfully represents that in the year 1819 he purchased a negro called Edmund from a certain Thomas Clasby at the price of $700: of which sum he paid $50. and executed his bond for the bal[ance] payable on the [blank] day of [blank] in the year [blank] This purchase was made upon the faith & confidence which your Orator had in the statements and representations of the said Clasby relative to the said boy he assessing him that he was sound and healthy. Your Orator avers that the said Clasbys representations were false and fraudulent made by the said Clasby and that said