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Hannah: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 1 of 3)

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and bona fide consideration which was executed by the said Stephen West on the 16th day of March 1827 and duly enrolled in the office of Prince Georges County aforesaid The said slaves having been at the time of the execution of the said bill of sale, in the possession of the said Stephen West by whom they had always been held claimed & supported. In conclusion this respondent respectfully states that there are but two modes known to the law of the State of Maryland (where both he and the complainants reside) by or which a legal emancipation can be effected which are by deed or will, duly executed, and as they do not pretend to claim their freedom in either of these ways this respondent is advised and insisted that they have no title thereto. Without that there is any other matter or things in the said bill of complaint contained and not herein and hereby well and sufficiently answered into, confessed & avoided, traversed or denied is true, all which this respondent is ready to own & maintain and prove, as this cautionary award, & humbly prays to be hence dignified with his reasonable costs & charges on this behalf more fully sustained - Maryland Sct. - Be it remembered that on this 2nd day of April 1833 personally appears Arthur Pue West above named before the subscriber a Justice of the peace of the said State in and for Prince Georges County, and made oath on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that the matters stated in the aforegoing answer are true, to the best of his knowledge and belief. Sworn to before Abel Carmen JP