China v. Benjamin D. Patterson. Affidavit of John Smith & Leonard Cook


Negroe Chiny
Benja: Patterson

Charge agt. defendant holding Complainant in Slavery Contrary to Law

Alexandria County sst

Thos: Dockins, John Smith and Leond: Cook sumd. as Witnessess for defendant

John Smith and Leonard Cook being Sworn According to Law. That they have known Negroe Chiny in the service of the said Patterson as a Slave in the Town of Alexandria for two or three years, and that they understood she was brought from Maryland as a Slave

The said Patterson admitted that she was a Slave to his Father in Maryland and that she was not entered and recorded According to Law

Given under my Hand this 22d Day of December 1809
A Faw


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34½ on St Joseph[?] by 23 at 1200 with

Negroe China
B. D Patterson