Petition #20783310


In December 1829, Samuel Williams gave Mary Orr his note for $82.50 for the hire of two slaves, Tom and John, to work in his hemp bagging factory. Williams claims that after about two months he found they "were so much afflicted ... with sore legs ... that they were of no value whatever." Although he returned the slaves to Orr's agent, she and her husband, Alexander Orr, refused to rescind the contract and won a judgment against him for his note. In addition, Williams claims to have suffered losses in his factory, being unable to hire other workers after the hiring season was over. Williams asks that the Orrs be restrained from collecting on their judgment and that a decree be issued ordering that they pay him damages "sustained by their fraudulent conduct."

Result: Granted.

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Repository: Bourbon County Courthouse, Paris, Kentucky