Petition #20779402


Henry Lee asks the court to render "null and void" a contract between himself and Edmund Vaughan. Lee purchased a slave named York, a carpenter, from William Samuel, but the slave was in the possession of said Vaughan. When Lee arrived to take possession of York, Vaughan told Lee that York refused to leave as the slave had a wife in Vaughan's family. Instead, Vaughn offered to give Lee a young slave named Jesse and thirty pounds in exchange for York, warranting Jesse to be sound and healthy. Lee agreed but soon discovered that Jesse had a "deficiency in his right arm" and that he was "subject to fits." Having failed to persuade Vaughan to cancel the transaction, Lee's suit asks that Vaughan answer his allegations in detail, that the sale be rendered null and void, and that Vaughan take back Jesse and deliver York to him.

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Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky