Sinah v. Edwin Harris. Writ of Habeas Corpus


District of Columbia to wit:
The United States of America.

To the Marshal of the District of Columbia Greeting: We command you that the bodies of negroes Sarah, Sinah Isaac Letty, Peter, John by whatever name they may be called in our prison under your custody detained as it is said together with the day and cause of the caption and detention of the same you have before the Honorable The Judges of the United States Circuit Court of the District of Columbia at the Court House in the Town of Alexandria tomorrow morning at 10 oclock after the receipt of this writ to do and receive what our said Judge shall then and there consider concerning him in this behalf and have then this writ.

Witness the honorable William Cranch, Chief Judge of our said Court at Alexandria this 27th day of Novr. Eighteen hundred and seventeen

G. Deneale CC


As within directed I have the bodies of the within named negroes, Sarah, Sinah, Isaac, Letty Peter and John before the Court, they were left in the care of James Campbell, 25th Octr. 1817 by Jacob Hoffman Esqr. See his order herewith Returned, which will be Received by your Honors as a Part of this Return.
D Minor DM
for W Boyd Marshl

Edwin L [strikethrough] Harris
Negroes Sarah & als

Habeas Corpus

1817. Novr. Term 4th day
Hab: Corpus awarded directed to the Marshal of the District of Columbia to bring up the bodies of negroes Sinah, Isaac, Letty Peter and John and Sarah with the cause of their detention returnable here tomorrow at 10 oclock

5th day Negroes Sinah & als. having been brought before the Court by virtue of a Writ of Habeas Corpus by the Marshal, to whose Custody they had been committed under a supposed claim to their freedom on hearing ordered that they be committed to the possession of Edwin L. Harris their master.