Ruth: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 2 of 5)
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Know all men by these presents that we James Sallust & John Ingles John Sallust and Thomas Simpkins of the county of Montgomery, are held and firmly bound unto Ruth, Abraham, Rhoda, Armistead, Washington, Juliet, and Charles in the just and full sum of Four thousand Dollars to be paid unto the said Ruth, Abraham, Rhoda, Armistead, Washington, Juliet and Charles, their certain attorney, their Exors Admrs. or assigns for the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves our heirs, Executors, and admrs. jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 11th day of September 1822. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas at a Superior Court of Law held for the county of Montgomery on the Eleventh day of September 1822 in an action of Trespass assault and Battery and false imprisonment depending in the said court between the said Ruth, Abraham, Rhoda, Armistead, Washington, Juliet, and Charles Plaintiffs and James Sallust defendant, It was considered by the court that the said plaintiff's are free persons and not slaves, and that they recover their freedom together with one cent damages and costs, from which judgment the said defendant hath appealed to the next court of appeals. If therefore the said James Sallust shall prosecute the said appeal with effect, or shall comply with the judgment aforesaid and pay all such damages and costs as shall be awarded against him, in case the said judgement shall be affirmed, then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force Test. Charles Taylor James Sallust (Seal) John Ingles (Seal) John Sallust (Seal) Thomas Simpkins (Seal)