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Stephen Dejarnett vs. James Hurt, etc.: Chancery Cause, Prince Edward County (Part 1 of 3)

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To the Worshipful Court of Prince Edward County in chancery sitting humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships your orator Stephen Dejernatt. That some time in the year [blank] he purchased a Negro Man named Bob of a certain James Hurt who was employed by a certain Richard Jefferess to sell the said negro, he being the property of the said Jefferess, that the said Hurt acting as the agent of the said Richard Jefferess sold the said negro to your orator for the sum of £52..16 he the said Hurt at the time of the sale aforesaid warranting the said negro to be only forty five years old of good character and disposition, well and sound; that thereupon your orator executed his bond to the said Hurt for the purchase money, sometime after which and before he discovered the imposition practiced by the said Hurt on him as herein after charged he paid in part of said Bond twenty four pounds; that your orator afterwards discovered, as he trusts he shall be able and fully to prove, and fully shew to your worships, that although the said negro had a much more youthful appearance he was, instead of forty five, the age warranted by the said Hurt, at least sixty six years old, of bad and infamous character and disposition, he being a reputed poisoner, and unsound labouring under the affliction of very bad and incurable sore legs, that the said Richard Jefferess has instituted, in the name of the said James Hurt, for his the said Jefferess's benefit an