Ruth: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 2 of 5)
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Virginia, Pleas before the Justices of the county court of Montgomery at the court house on the 4th day of June 1795. Be it remembered that heretofore to wit on the 19th day of August 1794. Robert Lowry by his attorney served out of the clerks office of the said county a writ of Capias ad respondendum against James Sallust, which said writ is in the following words and figures to wit "The Commonwealth of Virginia, To the Sheriff of Montgomery County Greeting: You are hereby commanded to take James Sallust if he be found within your bailiwick, and him safely keep so that you have his body before our Justices of our said court, at the court house on the first Tuesday in September next to answer Robert Lowry of a plea of detinue for the detention of one negro woman named Ruth of the value of one hundred pounds damage one hundred pounds; And have then there this writ. Witness Charles Taylor clerk of our said court at the court house the 19th day of Augt. 1794 in the 19th year of the foundation Charles Taylor Cmc" Upon which writ the following endorsement is made "Detinue for detaining the negro of the plaintiff of the value of one hundred pounds, appearance bail is to be required Taylor Atty."