Moses Bell v. James Rhodes. Special Verdict


Negroe Moses Bell
James Rhodes

Special Verdict

We of the Jury find that previous to the year 1837 the petitioner was the slave of a certain Lawrence Hoff a resident of Alexandria County in the District of Columbia. That in the year 1837, the said Hoff then owning & possessing the petitioner as his slave in the county of Alexandria aforesaid whereof he continued to be a resident, did sell & deliver the petitioner to one Little then being an inhabitant a resident of said Washington County in the District aforesaid & that the delivery was in of the petitioner was made to the said Little in Alexandria County aforesaid, & the petitioner was immediately removed by said Little to Washington County aforesaid to reside & also for sale whereof said Little was resident. That the said Little shortly towit about one year or a little more afterwards the petitioner to one Keeting in Washington County who sold & delivered him to the defendant. That since said sale to said Little, the petitioner has always been   kept in slavery and held in slavery in the county of Washington aforesaid. That at the time of the sale & delivery of the petitioner as aforesaid by Hoff to Little the petitioner was more than forty five years of age towit, he was 54 or 55 years old and is now 59 or 60 years old.

And whether if upon the facts aforesaid the law is for the petitioner, then the Jury find we find for the petitioner on the issue joined, & if the upon the facts aforesaid the law is for the defendant then we find for the Defendant on the issue joined.

Vincent King

John H. Goddard
Geo. W. Dashiell
Daniel Campbell
Th. B. Reily
Jacob Bender
Hy Harr
Robt. K Nevitt
B. F. Middleton
Edmd Brooke
James Lusby
Thomas MacGill


Moses Bell vs Rhoades

Special Verdict

Record to be made immediately