56 SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA.
They asked him to try and " get shut" of Morgan.
Stevens said he would consider how it was to be
done. Some days after, he told them he had hit
upon a plan. It was to buy his land. It seems
the plan met their views, for they got very merry
over it, and went away laughing and joking.
But Morgan did not all at once fall into the trap.
He declined parting with his land, because it was
bringing him in a good living. Stevens, how¬
ever, offered him a double price. The bait took,
and he was paid in promissory notes. Soon after
the purchase was completed, he left his own farm¬
house, on the estate, and went to live in a smaller
dwelling on the top of an adjoining hill, quite
away from any other inhabited house, though
still in the neighbourhood of the plantations. He
soon found out that he had been tricked, for when
the bills he held fell due, the parties who had
signed them did not meet the demand, and
Morgan could not get his money. On his apply¬
ing to them, and complaining of the hardship of
his case, they laughed at him; and when he
threatened he would take the law of them, they
defied him. And well they might, as they knew
they could secure the lawyers on their side.
Well, John Morgan went to law, bringing suits