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Ned: Freedom Suit, Charles City County (Part 1 of 6)

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The undersigned appointed by an order of the Judge of the Sup Court of Law and Chancery seting [setting] on the Common law side of said Court, Counsel for Ned, James, Priscilla & Peter, slaves petitioning to be allowed to sue in forma pauperis for their freedom, & also to present a bill to the Judge of the said court seting [setting] in Chancery, have examined into the facts of the Petitioners case, as far as they could do so, & find that by a the deed of Trust, & the will of the late George Moore. The said slaves are emancipated & we have no hesitation in saying they will in our opinion be entitled to their freedom, unless it should become necessary to sell them for the payment of the debts of the said Moore, & from the last information, we have been able to get, we do not believe that will be necessary.

Richrd. Gaines John B. [Christian?]