Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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1st That if the Jury[ beleive ] from the evidence that the owner of VincentVincent
the plaintiff hired him to labor and he did actually reside & labor in the territory of IllinoisIllinois before
the adoption of constitution of IllinoisIllinois he the said plaintiff
is entitled to his freedom
given|

2d That if the if the Jury [ beleive ] from the evidence that JesseJesse Dun-
-can the father of the defendant was in possession of VincentVincent
and claiming and using him as a slave and understood
as such hired him (VincentVincent ) to labor in the Territory of IllinoisIllinois before the adoption of the Constitution of that State
such hiring entitled VincentVincent to his freedom
unless by evidence it is shown that the to VincentVincent
was in some other person than Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan

3rd That if the Jury [ beleive ] from the evidence that VincentVincent
the plaintiff was hired by his owner to labor in the State of Illi
nois after the adoption of the Constitution for more than one year at any one time such hiring entitles him to his freedom. |given|

4th That the possession of a slave as such is evidences
of the ownership of such slave possession unless it is
otherwise shown who the owner was
|given|

5th That the constitution of IllinoisIllinois takes affect from
the time the blacks IllinoisIllinois was admitted into the
Union by resolution of CongressCongress 3d June 1818 as respects
the question of slavery & if the plaintiff was hired or to labor
in IllinoisIllinois by his then Master previous to 3d June 1818
plantiff is entitled to his freedom
|not given|

6th That That if the Jury[ beleive ] from the evidence that
the owner
ofVincentVincent the plantiff aforesaid to his resided in
the Territory of IllinoisIllinois before the adoption of the
Constitution with the assent of his owner for the purpose of labouring there either
For his own benefit or that of him master such
residence entitled VincentVincent to his freedom
|given|

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That if the Jury believe that the negro is a slave and will not agree they are