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

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Dear Sir, Having learnt yesterday when in town that you are employed to sue for the freedom of two negroes Peter and Lewis, whom I sold about 2 months ago to a Mr. Cureton of South Carolina, and are now confined in the Alexandria Jail, and that you wished to see me or write to me, I called at your office, and not finding you in, I take the liberty to address you this note, to convince you that their pretension to freedom is groundless. The deed of manumission in their favor is at first sight very striking, provided a person could set negroes free who has no right to do so, this will appear to you when you look at the date of the instruments. To make the case quite plain to you, permit me to proceed regularly with the statement of facts concerning it