Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)
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to be heard on the bill answer, exhibits and affidavits of Witnesses admitted to be read in like manner as if taken under commissions & was argued by Counsel, on consideration whereof the Court for the reasons stated on a paper deposited with the rolls adjudgeth and decreeth that the injunction awarded the second day of July one thousand eight hundred and four to exhibit the sale of the negroes and paupers, taken by the sergeant of the Town of Petersburg to satisfy and execution issued from the clerks office of the District Court of Suffolk on behalf of the defendant Andrew Woodley and Eliza his wife Edward Winston and Woody his wife against the goods and chattels of David Bradley and Eliza his wife be perpetual as it is hereby pronounced to be perpetual and that the defendant pay to the plaintiff the costs by them expended in the prosecution of this suit. From which decree the defendant by counsel prayed on Appeal, which is allowed them on their entering into bond with sufficient security in the Clerks Office of this Court in the penalty of two hundred dollars with such condition as the law requires on or before the first day of the next term for the prosecution thereof which they have accordingly done. (24) The paper said in the foregoing decree to be deposited among the rolls is in the words following, to wit; Between Abby, Sally[,] Louisa[,] John and Airy negroes paupers pltffs And Andrew Woodley and his wife Eliza Edward Winston and his wife Woody & David Bradley & his wife Eliza defts In this cause heard by consent of parties the [blank] day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five the Court having perused the bill answers, exhibits & affidavits of Witnesses admitted to be read in like manner as if they had been taken by commissioners executing a writ of dedimus potestation & having attended to arguments of counsel on considerations thereof discussed the matter of controversy in these terms. That the plaintiffs Abby and Sally classed with beasts of