Brought to court by James Allston, this case revolves around the debt accrued by Thomas Contee and Alexander Contee prior to their deaths. They first borrowed 788 dollars and 17 cents and then went back to him to borrow the same amount again. Upon their respective deaths, however, the debt was still outstanding. Their executor, Thomas Contee Worthington, refused to repay the debt, so James Allston hired Roger Taney to file suit against them for the sum of 2000 dollars.
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