Mr. M. L. Clarkson, late of Boone County , Kentucky, just below this on the river, had a large number of slaves, whom he treated with great kindness and indulgence. One of them by his industry had accumulated some $1,500 in money. Of this, his master borrowed $1,000 and gave his note for payment. By will he made provision for the payment of all his debts, at his death, and emancipated this and other slaves. But his executor refused to pay the $1,000. Suit was brought, and the end was that the black plaintiff failed. He was a slave when he lent the money and took the note. The money was not his and he was incapable of being party to a contract.


National Anti-Slavery Standard, August 25, 1855