Petition #20781705


William Olds states that he and Patrick Watson contracted with Samuel McDowell for the purchase of a family of three slaves for the sum of $700. Subsequently, Olds and Watson divided the slaves, with Olds taking the slave William and giving Watson his note for $160 to be applied towards the $700-debt to McDowell. Although McDowell had assured them the slaves were healthy, William was suffering from a disease "which rendered him of no value," and he died a few months after his purchase. Rather than refunding Olds his note for $160, McDowell has prosecuted him in court. Olds asks the court to suspend further proceedings in that judgment and to grant him relief.

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