Jackson, Francis: Freedom Suit, Campbell County (Part 1 of 2)
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The Bill of complaint of your Orator Francis Jackson a coloured man respectfully represents that he is free and has been so from birth, that he was decoyed into this state some twelve or eighteen months ago by one May from the state of Pennsylvania, where he was born. That he was sold by the said May as a slave, and bought by one Samuel M. Scott of the county of Campbell and was subsequently sold by the said Scott to one John W Deshazor, who now holds him in slavery unlawfully, and is about forthwith to carry him off beyond the limits of this Commonwealth, your orator further represents that he is prosecuting a suit for his freedom in the County of Botetourt in this state, and that the said Samuel Scott [bargained?] to give bond for his forthcoming to abide the determination of said suit, but if your orator is conveyed beyond the limits of the Commonwealth he will be unable to attend to the said suit, and to procure evidence to establish his freedom, your Orator therefore prays your Honor to award an Injunction to [restrain?] the said John W Deshazor from conveying him away and to require the said Deshazor to give bond and security for the forthcoming of your Orator to await the determination of the suit aforesaid and the further order of the Court. Francis Jackson this day made oath that the statements contained in the foregoing bill are true. Octr 14th 1851 E [R?] Page comr in chy.