Janette Lee v. Augustus Preuss. Writ of Habeas Corpus


District of Columbia Sct

The United States of America To the Marshal of the District of Columbia and the Jailor of the County of Washington Greeting

You are hereby commanded to have the Body of a Negro Girl named Jane detained in the Jail of the County aforesaid under your custody as it is said, under a safe and secure conduct together with the cause of her caption & detention by whatsoever name she may be called before the Hon Cranch Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of the District aforesaid at his Chamber in the City Hall forthwith, to do and receive all and singular those things which the said Judge shall then and there consider concerning her in this behalf and have you then & there this Writ and fail not at your peril

Witness the Hon W. Cranch Chief Judge of our said Court

Issued this 23d January 1829

Wm Brent Ck


To the Hon Judge Cranch

I Certify that in pursuance[?] of the within Writ I now have before your Honor the therein named Jane and I further Certify that the cause of her imprisonment in the Jail of Washington County is a Commitment by Jno Chalmers Esqr dated 11th Decr last which is herewith exhibited and for no other cause

RR Burr for Tench Ringgold Marshal

January 31st 1829

Habeas Corpus for Negro Jane now in Jail

District of Columbia, County of Washington towit.

The within named negro girl named Jane having been brought before me by virtue of the within writ, and it appearing to my satisfaction that she is lawfully bound to serve Augustus W. Preuss or his assignors until the 19th day of May (1834) Eighteen hundred and thirty four when she will be entitled to her freedom agreeably to the special verdict in the case of Negro Lizette Lee against the said Preuss in the Circuit Court for this county at May Term 1827, you are hereby required to discharge her from her imprisonment.

Witness my hand and seal, as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia this 11th day of february 1829.

W. Cranch.

To the Marshal of the District of Columbia