Lewis: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 2 of 2)
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Know all men by these presents that we Thomas W. Hewitt Are held and firmly bound unto the United States of America in the full and just sum of Seven hundred and fifty dollars, lawful money of the United States, to be paid to the said United States or their legal Attorney, to which payment well and truly to be made, we and each of us bind our selves, our, and each of our heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and separately firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five. Whereas the United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Alexandria did at April Term of the said Court for the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty five in a certain suit depending in the said Court, between Negroes Peter and Lewis Complainants, and A. W. Preuss and others defendants, decree order and adjudge as follows, The Cause having been set down for final hearing by Consent of parties, and coming on now to be heard on the Bill, Answer of D. T. Cureton and Exhibits and being argued by Counsel and fully considered by the Court. It is ordered adjudged and decreed that the Complainants are entitled to their freedom on the days on which they shall respectively attain the age of thirty one years to wit, the Complainant Peter, on the first day of March eighteen hundred and thirty two and the Complainant Lewis, on the tenth day of December eighteen hundred and thirty four, and that the said Cureton and his agents be perpetually enjoined from carrying the Complainants out of the District of Columbia, unless he shall give Bond, with security to be approved of by one of the Judges of this Court in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, conditioned that the said Cureton or his representatives shall produce the Complainants to one of the Judges of this Court on the days they are respectively entitled to their freedom specified in this decree, and further that unless the said Cureton shall give bond as aforesaid on or before the twentieth day of June 1825 and pay all costs and charges which shall have accrued from the imprisonment of the Complainants under a former order of this Court, the Defendant Andrew Rounsavell is hereby ordered to deliver the said Complainants