John H. Rutherford, as trustee for Mrs. Missouri J. Rutherford and her children, claims that "he is possessed of a considerable Estate in negro slaves ... consisting of families, of great value, when kept together, and properly treated on a plantation, but such as would if hired out, would greatly depreciate in value." He further claims that the estate has no land on which to work the slaves, nor the money to buy the land. He asks that he be permitted "to bind Trust Estate by note or otherwise in writing" for "the purchase of a suitable piece of land for the purposes aforesaid."
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