John N. Hunter vs. John Brooks: Chancery Cause, Augusta County (Part 1 of 3)
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To the Honorable Lucas P. Thompson, Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Chancery for Augusta County, humbly complaining sheweth unto your Honor,
Your Orator John N. Hunter,
That in the month of September last, he purchased from a certain John Brooks a female slave named Matilda about 22 years old, & her child about two years of age. For this property, your Orator agreed to give said Brooks the price of $700, of which $200 was to be paid in hand, & the residue on the 1st of March next. The said Brooks executed to your Orator a bill of sale for said woman & child, which is herewith exhibited as part of this bill; & your Orator made him the cash payment of $200, & executed to him a note for the deferred payment of $500; which note was given in the name of a mercantile form, of which your Orator is a partner.
Your orator agreed to give a sound price for the said property, under the belief that the said women was sound & healthy; & she was so represented