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Martin: Freedom Suit, Bedford County

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The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Bedford County greeting:

We command you that you summon Robert L. Coleman executor of Addison Davies decd. to appear before our Justices of our court of our said county at the courthouse on the fourth Monday in August next to answer the complaint of Martin,Stephen, Judy, Matt, Daniel, Ned & Ben negroes who are permitted to sue in forma pauperis for their freedom. And have then there this writ - Witness James C Steptoe Clerk of our sd. court the 20th day of June 1826 in the 50th year of our Independence

J. C. Steptoe