Dorcas & Julia v. James Smith. Summons of James Smith


District of Columbia, to wit:

The United States of America,
To the Marshal of the District of Columbia....Greeting:

We command you, That you take James Smith if he be found within the county of Alexandria, in your said District, and him safely keep, so that you have his body before the Honorable the Judge of the United States' Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, at the Court-house in the Town of Alexandria, at the next Court, to answer Negroes Dorcas and Julia who sue in forma pauperum of a Plea of Trespass, Assault & Battery & False Imprisonment Damage Two hundred Dollars

And have then there this Writ.

Witness, the Honorable William Cranch, Chief Judge of our said Court, this 28th day of July 1817

G. Deneale Cl.


Not Found
D Minor DM
for W Boyd Marshal

We of the Jury find for the plfs the is one joined subject to the opinion of the Court on the case agreed by the parties, & assess their damages to one cent.
Jas. S Scott

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Negroes Dorcas & Julia "Paupers"
James Smith


For the recovery of the plaintiffs freedom

Decr Als. Caps.

1818. Jay. Continued
Feby. Narr: filed & Com: Ord:
March. Continued
April Continued
July Continued
Augt. Nar: filed & [strikethrough] Com: Ord: [illegible] Jud: & Wt. Inqy.

1819: Apl. Term 21st day Continued
Novem. Term 19th day Continued
1820 April Term 18th d. Continued
1820 Nov Term 22d day Contd
1821. May Term 18th day Continued
Novem. Term 2d day Continued
May Term 2d day Continued
Novem. Term 2nd day Case agreed filed & Not Gty. Jd. & Jury sworn and affd. & verdict for Pltff subject to the opinion of the Court upon the case agreed & assess his dam. to one cent.