RALEIGH, May 20, 1869.
K.P. BATTLE, ESQ.:
Dear Sir: I have to state that Jeptha Horton and myself purchased of William Smith (free colored) his tract of land (less than 100 acres) lying in the vicinity of Raleigh, and not long afterwards sold it to John Hutchins, of Wake county, who paid the purchase money, and received a proper deed for the same about the year 1853.
I have conversed with Mr. Horton, and he thinks both he and I signed the deed, and that Smith’s deed to us was at the time delivered over to Mr. Hutchins. Mr. Horton was the active agent in the purchase and sale of this property, and my own recollections at this late date of the entire transaction are very meagre and imperfect. Yours, W.W. VASS
The deed from Wm. Smith, barber, to W.W. Vass and Jeptha Horton in fee, is registered and date February, 1853.
Wm. Smith bought of John Suggs in 1838 and 1826, as appears from the registry books. BATTLE & SONS.
The Daily Standard (Raleigh), 27 May 1869.