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Jack: Freedom Suit, Augusta County

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Fayette County Kentucky to wit

    In the records and proceedings of the Court of Quarter Sessions for the County aforesaid among others are the following to wit, "The commonwealth of Kentucky to the Sheriff of Fayette County You are hereby commanded to take Samuel Blair if he be found in your Bailiwick and him safely keep so that you have his body before the Justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions for the said County on the second Tuesday in February next to answer Jack (by James Hughes his attorney appointed by our said Court to prosecute this suit) of a plea of Trespass Assault and Battery & false Imprisonment Damage Five hundred pounds. And have then there this writ. Witness Levi Todd clerk of our said court this 4th day of October 1796 and in the fifth year of the Commonwealth" signed "Levi Todd."
    At the return of the said writ the sheriff made return of the same with this endorsement "Executed C.[CRR?] Dy. for Will. Ford Shff."
    At which time to wit, at rules held for the said Court in March 1797 came the Plaintiff by his Attorney and filed a declaration, which is in these words, to wit, "Fayette County to wit, Jack complains of Samuel Blair in custody &c of a plea of Trespass Assault and Battery and false Imprisonment for this (to wit) that whereas the said Plff. says that the said deft. on the [blank] day of [blank] in the year 1796 at the Parish of [blank] & County aforesaid with force and arms to wit, with swords, staves, knives, fists, and feet made an assault upon the said Plff. and beat wounded and