And for further plea in this behalf defendant says
that said plaintiff whose name is HenryHenry ,
is a slave for life & is the property of defendant; and that
as such property he said defendant does hold said
plaintiff to labour & service which by the laws of
this state & of the Constitution of the United StatesUnited States
he defendant has the right to hold said plain
tiff as his slave.
And this he said defendant
is ready to verify.
Wherefore he prays judge-
Attorney for Deft.