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Alice: Freedom Suit, Arlington County

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Negro Alice vs Samuel Edelen & Peter Mortie in Chancery Demurrer Special As to so much of the Complainants bill as seeks to charge these Defendants as within of them with a knowledge of her right to freedom, or as seeks to compel any of these Defendants to make any discovery touching the same, or any of the matters, relating thereto, in the bill suggested or alledged [alleged], these Defendants by protestation, not confessing or acknowledging any of the matters or things relating thereto in the said bill, comprised to be true, in such sort, manner and form, as therein the same are alledged [alleged] or set forth, these Defendants do demur and for cause of Demurrer show. That they ought not to be compelled to discuss or set forth any matters whereby they may impeach or accuse themselves of an offense or crime for which they may suffer corporal punishment, or be grievously fined and therefor and for divers other good causes of Demurrer, in the Complainant's said bill of her own shewing appearing, these Defendants, as to so much of the Complainant's said bill as before is set forth, do demur, and do demand the judgment of this Honorable Court, whether they, or any of them, ought, or shall be compelled, to make any answer thereto, other, or otherwise than as aforesaid and humbly pray to be [illegible] dismissed with their costs. N. J. [illegible] for Defendants