Andrew Dutton, a boy of color, by and through his next friend, Grace Dutton v. John Paca
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AndrewAndrew DuttonDutton
JohnJohn Paca PacaJohn Paca
March term AD 1836

Beitremembered that in the trialof
this cause the same being submitted for trial to the courtneither
partypartyrequiringajury; the plff: read in residence the follow-
ing
acts of the legislature of MarylandMaryland, to wit, âan act
to prevent being set free
or the manumission of slaves by any last will & testa-
mentâ, made at a session of assembly by you & held at the
CityCity of Annapolis - ofCity of Annapolis AnnapolisCity of Annapolis the 3dJune 1752 & an act to continue
the acts of assembly therein mentioned. â made at a
session of Assembly began and held at the CityCity of Annapolis - ofCity of Annapolis AnnapolisCity of Annapolis
the 6 November 1786, which acts of the legislature of MarylandMaryland
so read in residence are not herein set forth,
it being agreed by the counsel of both parties hereto
that the same may be read & the same advantage
had & effect given to the same in the SupremeSupreme Court CourtSupreme Court
on , as if they were incorporated in the bill -
the plff: then offered to read in residence with inauthentication
thereon endorsed a paper writing pur
porting to be an authenticated copy from one of the
land record books of Harford county in the state of
MarylandMaryland, which paper writing & in-authentication
are in the years following (here insert the name) to the reading of which the deft by his
counsel objected but the court overruled the objection &
permitted the same to be read, to which the deft by
his counsel excepts


the plff: then read in residence said paper at the time appointed for her
liberation in said paper writing was come of fifty -
years of age & capable of maintaining herself that
Grace was born in the year 1792 & the plff: her child
was born after Grace had passed the age of twenty three
years and that the defendant held the plantiff in slavery at the commencement of this suit
. There being no other evidence or other, the
Deft. upon the foregoingtestimonymoved the court to

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decide that upon the case made the plff: was not
entitled to freedom, but the court refused so to decide
& decided that upon the case made the plff: was
entitled to freedom, to which occasion the by his
counseld excepts & prays the court to sign
these his exceptions, which is accordingly

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