Hugh D. Morrow, executor of Jeremiah Pate's last will and testament, states that David R. Pate hired thirteen slaves from the estate for about five hundred dollars. Morrow says that David Pate is insolvent "except for his interest in said estate," and that after deducting the expense of the slaves' hire, he will have little left. Morrow believes that Pate intends "to remove said slaves beyond the jurisdiction and limits of the United States, and with an intention of converting them to his own use." Morrow asks that the defendant be compelled to answer these allegations and that he "be restrained from leaving the limits of this State, and from removing said negroes without the same."
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