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Jack: Freedom Suit, Augusta County

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ill treated him and falsely imprisoned him for the space of [blank] so that his life was despaired of and then and there other injuries to him did against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth and to the damage of the said Plaintiff five hundred pounds and therefore he sues &c. Pledges &c.

J.S. Hughes atty for Plff.

    And the said defendant not appearing, on the motion of the Plaintiff by his Attorney It is ordered that Judgement be entered for the Plaintiff against the said defendant for what damage the Plaintiff hath sustained by reason of the Trespass Assault and Battery and false Imprisonment in the declaration mentioned to be ascertained upon enquiry thereof by a Jury unless the said defendant shall appear here and plead to issue at the next rule day.
    At which time to wit, at rules held for the said Court in April 1797.  The defendant still failing appear On the motion of the Plaintiff by his Attorney It is ordered that the order of the last rule day be confirmed and that the damages the Plaintiff hath sustained as aforesaid be ascertained upon an enquiry [inquiry] thereof by a Jury at the next Court.
    At which time at a Court of Quarter Sessions held on the 13th day of May 1797 this cause was continued until the next Court.  At which time at a Court held on the 19th day of August 1797 this cause was continued until the next Court.
    At which time to wit, at a Court of Quarter Sessions held on the 15th day of November 1797 came the par-