Samuel Stokes, a man of color v. John Finney and William Finney
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Finneys agreed to transfer said CharityCharity
& her future increase & said MaryMary to saidyour orator who agreed to liberate
them At the time of this agreement it
was distinctly understood that the only
means your orator had of making payment
was by the Labor of himself and wife &
that said Finneys did not wish to make
any speculation but that so soon as
said Finneys should be renumerated for
the price they should pay for said
CharityCharity & her child in there by the hereof
said CharityCharity many paid by your
orator or the salaries of said CharityCharity or
by any other means they were to relinquish
to your Orator for the purposes aforesaid
all claim to said CharityCharity & her future increase
and to said MaryMary declaring that in
making the contemplated purchase all
they desired was to be saved from Lass
and to serve the cause of Liberty and
humanity - Your Orator says that soon
after this agreement & understanding said
CharityCharity & her child wereoffered for sale
at Public auction to the highestbidder
that your Orator said CharityCharity & Child &
said John FinneyJohn Finney and many other
bidderswere present - that the sale
commenced & John FinneyJohn Finney was a bidder
that among the bidderswasBeriahBeriah Cleland
ClelandBeriah Cleland . That when said Clelandbid
said CharityCharity proclaimed that she was
unwilling that any one should buy her
but JohnJohn Finney & WilliamWilliam FinneyJohn Finney - for they
had aggreed to purchase her with a
view to secure her freedom & that of
her child - when this declaration