Charger Susan Murdoch sought to collect on a bond from suspenders Robert Donald, James Hepburn, and Walter Stirling. Stirling was also a nephew and factor to Murdoch. The suspenders refused to pay on the bond, alleging that Murdoch suffered from mental infirmity and old age ("weak both in body and in mind"). Murdoch denied this charge and maintained that the suspenders fabricated this allegation to delay or avoid payment on the bond. The suspenders denied that they were trying to take advantage of Murdoch. They maintained they were still obligated to pay on the bond at five percent interest. They also argued that Murdoch is not capable of taking care of her own affairs, and that other individuals in Murdoch's life were trying to get their hands on the money from the bond.

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