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Alfred: Freedom Suit, Amelia County

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    Thomas Washington   Julia daughter of Peggy-

ever since their births respectively. Nevertheless they have been detained in slavery, and are still detained as aforesaid.

    Your petitioners therefore pray the Courtt 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. H. Nash, their Counsel.
    1856 5th May.
    May 30th 1856
    A Copy
    Thos. V. Winfree D. C.

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    Milley et als v Anderson
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