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Lewis: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 2 of 2)

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Alexandria County, to wit: Personally appeared before me the subscriber a Justice of the peace for the county aforesaid Francis Peyton Jr and made oath in due form, that during the session of the court on Wednesday last, Thomas W. Hewit proposed to this affiant as the only means of expecting a speedy trial of the case of Negroes Peter & Lewis vs. A. W. Preuss and others, that the case should be submitted to the court on the bill and answer of Cureton, and the papers filed. This affiant believing at that time that all the facts necessary for his defence [defense] were established by the bill and answer and without naming particularly, consented to the written agreement now filed amongst the papers. In the course of the evening of Wednesday this affiant went to the office of Thomson F. Mason who had also been employed in the defence [defense] of said Cureton, to consult about the management of the case, that said Mason after reading the bill and answer and other papers in the said case, remarked that I had been mistaken in supposing the facts of the negroes having remained in the possession of the said Savarie from the time of their birth until the death of said Savarie, and at the time when this supposed deed of emancipation was made but so firmly was this affiant