Primas, diseased with a swelling in his throat
Josiah Stertevant (Sturtevant) of Plymouth brought suit against Isaac Howland of Tiverton for £200 damages for defrauding him when Howland delivered Sturtevant a “negro boy named Primas and warranted and avouched that [Primas] was then in sound and good health”. As it turns out, Primas was “diseased” and had “a swelling in his throat”. Primas “languished and within three months” he died. Jury verdict for the defendant indicating that the jury believed that Howland did not “fraudulently” “deceive” Sturtevant when Primas was sold.
SOURCE: Plymouth County, MA: Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, MA.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. Copyright, 2002, Pilgrim Society. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
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