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Richmond City: Judgment

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At a General Court held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond on Monday the 26th day of November 1821 The commonwealth against John Tyree a free man of colour Deft } upon an adjourned case from the Superior Court of law of Caroline county.

On consideration of the questions adjourned to this court for its decision in this case the court is of opinion, and doth decide that as the defendant did not plead in abatement to the jurisdiction of the said Superior Court of law no evidence whatever was admissible in support of William Tompkin's application for the purpose of proving that the said defendant is not a free man but the slave of the said William Tompkins and that the record of the examining court remanding the defendant for trial as a free man of colour there being no such plea in abatement as aforesaid is to be taken as conclusive proof [guard? quaere?] the trial of the defendant in the superior court that he is free. The other questions adjourned the court deem it unnecessary, to decide. All which is ordered to be certified to the said Superior Court of Law. A True copy from the record in the General Court office of Virginia. Conway Robinson Clerk