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legislature to be naturalized or made subject to the Laws
of the state as other citizen are subject to and there was
an act passed accordingly absolving them from all
Laws and regulations enjoined on the Brothertown Indions

and made them ameanable to the same Laws and
entitled to the same privolidges as other citizens
are entitled to and confirmed the Lands assumed
to them by the superintendants &c to them and
their heirs respectively for ever with out the
power of atination except by devise and did not
impair their right to the unappropriated Land or
to the Annuity to be paid to said Indions.
In conciquence of said art Isaac Wobbly got credot
and run into debt and soon became subject to many
Lawsuits and cost which brot him into imbaresment
and difficulty & in the fall of 1815 he informed me
that he intended to lease out his land & wished me
to take it I declined and advised him not to
let it our but in the spring of 1816 he leased
it our to John Cotteral for 20 Years for the rent
of 180 Dollars per Anum & got 2 years rent in
advance Wobby was still in debt & had no resorces
to pay his debts. there was several suits brot
against him which he could not defend and in
the fall he told me he was determined to
sell or dispose of his land or a part of it and
to leave B. Town I advised him to the conterary
but he percisted in his determination and petitioned
the Legislature to authorise him to alinate his
land. & the bill passed the Assembly and he had reason
to believe it would pass the senate: he requested me to
buy his Lot near the school house as he was determined
to part with it I advised the peacemakers to take it
and pay him out of the annuity but they declined
and thot there was more that wanted to sell then to
buy--some of thim advised me to buy it and take up
J Cotterals Lease as Cotteral had put on two tenants
which ware complained of as intruders on Indian land
and the attorney gave it as his opinion that they
could not be removed off--and Wobby said that
if I would not take it he would sell it to some one
that would take it--or he would lease it for a long
term of years so I agreed to buy it if the bill did
pass & to give him 1700 Dollars to be paid in
certain instalments--the bill did not pass the
senate and I had paid Wabby the first instalment
or took up executions & paid off judgements for him
to that amt. and took a Lease from him & his
wife for the Land and furnished him with a team
money &c to moove with. & I expect to pay him the
balance when he git an act passed to him
to give a deed--or if he devises it to me his heirs
will receive the amt. due--I believe there can be
but little doubt about the vallidity of the Lease
or at least I have none, or I should not have
taken it or paid any money. Though I did not take
it with a view of speculation I considered that it
is as much money as it is worth in the state of
repair it was in when I took it. I could have sold
my right in it for the money I was to give for it