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Alfred: Freedom Suit, Amelia County

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the property given him by his father's will, and entered upon and occupied the land or some part of it, until his death, when it passed to his children and grand children his devisees. The land has proved since to be of great value, coal having been found upon it, much greater than was then supposed. Your Petitions charge that they have been entitled to their freedom ever since their births, respectively. Nevertheless they have been detained in slavery, and are still detained as aforesaid. Your Petitions therefore pray the Court in consideration of the premises to grant them leave to sue for their freedom in forma pauperis in this Court, to assign them counsel to institute and prosecute their suit, and to make all necessary and proper orders to protect them from maltreatment, and abuse, and to afford them a fair trial of their claim to freedom. And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &c. The petitioners by Flannery & Poindexter & B. W. Finny, their counsel

I have reviewed the foregoing petition of Peggy & others and an abstract of the Will of Jordan Anderson Senior contained in a copy of the Petition of Milly & others herewith filed marked B, to all which the Court is respectfully informed as containing the material facts on which the plaintiffs claim to freedom is founded; and I am of opinion upon the facts therein set forth that the Petitioners have right to recover their freedom. Benj: W. Finny Counsel for the Petitioners Oct 4th 1856