Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)
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to be hence dismissed with costs without that that &c [etc.] Henrico County to wit Sworn to before me a Justice of peace of the said County by the aforesaid Andrew Woodley this 31st day of August 1804 in due form of law. Gervas Storrs City of Richmond Sct. The foregoing answer in Chancery was sworn to before me an alderman of the City aforesaid by Edward Winston one of the parties hereunto. This thirty first day of August eighteen hundred and four according to law. Henry S. Shore At rules holden in the Office of the said Court in the month of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four the plaintiff by Counsel replied generally to the foregoing answers and commissions were then awarded the parties to examine and take the depositions of their witnesses. The papers refer[r]ed to by the award of the injunction are as follows. A. J. David Bradley of the County of Isle of Wight in Virginia after full and deliberate consideration and agreeable to our bill of rights our fully persuaded that freedom is the natural right of all mankind, and that no law moral or divine having given me a just right or property in the persons of any of my fellow Creatures and desirous to fulfil the injunction of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ by doing to all others as I would be done by in the like situation. And having three negros that have heretofore held slavery Frank by [Bradeen?] [first wife?] 46 years old, Dick 47 years old. Abby 24 years old do hereby emancipate and set free the above named Slaves and do for myself my heirs executors and administrators relinquish all my right interest and claim or pretensions of claim whatsoever as to their person