John & Serena v. Henry Moscross. Petitioners' Bill of Exceptions


Negroes John & Serena by John Stephens their next friend
Henry Moscross

Petition for Freedom.

The Petitioners to support the issue on their part produced & read in evidence to the Jury the following Deed of Manumission of a boy which was admitted by the Defendants Counsel to be read in Evidence the with all exceptions to its validity been[?] reproved[?] (here insert it) likewise the will of Overton which was admitted by the Defts Counsel to be read in evidence & shortly after deed. (here insert it) & gave evidence of the act of assembly of Maryland passed &c. (agreed to be used in this case). & also gave in evidence that between 1st Jany. 1802 & 1st January 1804, the petitioners who are[?] the children of Nancy were born The Defendant then gave in evidence the following Bill of Sale (here insert it) which was admitted by the petitioners' counsel to be given in evidence The Defendant by his Counsel then moved the Court to instruct direct the Jury that from the said evidence the Petitioners were not entitled to their freedom, which direction this court gave. To which opinion & direction of the Court the Petitioners by their Counsel excepted & prayed the court to sign & seal this Bill of Exceptions which is done accordingly this 17th day of June 1814.

W. Cranch (seal)
N. Fitzhugh (seal)