Mary Ann, alias Julia, an infant of color, by and through her next friend, James Loper v. Robert Duncan
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In The circuit court

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And the said
defendant by Harris LHarris L his attorney
comes and defends the force and injury
when &c and says that he is not guilty
of the said supposedgrievancestrespasses
above laid to his charge or any or action
of them or any parts thereof in manners
and form as the said plff hath
and thereof complained against him
. And this he the said defendant puts
him self upon the county &c

And for a furtherplea in this
behalf the said defendant says that
the said plaintiff then
this Said
action thereof against him the said defendant
he asks and prays that the said
plaintiff is his slave. And of this he
the said defendant &c