Hannah: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 1 of 3)
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To the Honorable Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia sitting in Chancery - Humbly complaining show unto yr Honor (by way of Supplement - to their former Bill hereafter mentioned) your Complainants Hannah and Rebecca her child and Peggy and her children Robert Milly, Arnold,Sophia, Hannah and William - that your Complainants hereto before exhibited their Bill before your Honor in Chancery against one Arthur P West- setting up their claims to freedom under a certain contract made by one Stephen West with Charles Jackson, father of your complts. Hannah (the elder) and Rebecca and grandfather of your other complainants for the particular ground on which they rest their claims your complainants refer to their said former Bill - that in their said Bill they proceeded against the said Arthur an administrator of the said Stephen West - that during the present Term of your Court, the said Arthur has filed his answer in which he corrects the right of himself and of one Benjamin Oden to all your complainants except your Complainant Robert - under a protected Bill of sale from the said Stephen West to the said Arthur and Benjamin. Your orators charge that the said Bill of Sale was not made for any full or valuable consideration and that it was wholly voluntary - that the consideration mentioned was merely minimal and was never paid - that it never was intended by the said Bill of Sale to place the property & slaves therein mentioned out of the manner or