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know all men by these presents that we William Webb of Essex County and John Dunn of Essex County are held and firmly bound unto Apphia Rowzee widow and executrix of Richard Rowzee deceased in the just and full sum of two thousand dollars; to be paid to the said Apphia Rowzee her certain attorney, her heirs executors administrators or assigns: to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves jointly and severally, our joint and several heirs executors and administrators firmly by these presents. Witness our hands and seals this 2d day of December 1808.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the said William, who intermarried with Sarah F. Rowzee now dec.d who was a daughter and desee [[/underline]] and legatee of Richard Rowzee of Essex dec.d shall refund to the said Apphia Rowzee executrix of Richard Rowzee dec.d the said William Webbs due proportion of any debts or demands which may appear against the estate of the said Richard Rowzee and the costs attending the recovery of such debts according to the direction of a decree of the Chancery District Court held in Williamsburg made the 22d day of October 1808 in a suit then depending in the said Court between the said William Webb in his own right and as administrator of Sarah F. Webb his late wife plaintiff and Apphia Rowzee widow and executrix of Richard Rowzee dec.d and John Rowzee and Harriet his wife, the said John having intermarried with Harriot Rowzee since the institution of the said  suit, and Apphia B. Rowzee an infant by Apphia Rowzee her guardian; then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to continue in full force and virtue

Sealed and delivered }    William Webb [[flourish]]
 in presence of      }    John Dunn  [[flourish]]
 Dorothy Booker

Essex county to wit- Dorothy Booker of the county aforesaid this day personally appeared before me Lewis Booker a justice of the peace for the county aforesaid, and made oath on the holy Evangelists of almighty God that she this day saw William Webb and John Dunn

Transcription Notes:
Although the title of this project spells "Rouzee", the Essex Museum gives the spelling as Rowzee, which is what it looks like in this text if you compare the "w" to a "u" in other words.

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