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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 to summon Robert S.Coleman, Nathaniel J. Manson & John J. Cabell Executors of Addison Deavies decd to appear before our Justices of our Court of our said county at the courthouse thereof on the fourth Monday in August next to answer the bill of 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 said Court the 10th day of July 1827 in the 59th year of our Independence.

J. C. Steptoe