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Mississippi Slave Case
THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, HINDS COUNTY, 2ND DISTRICT, TO ANY JUDGE OF A COURT OF RECORD, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, MAYOR OR CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA. KNOW YE, THAT WE, REPOSING SPECIAL CONFIDENCE IN YOUR FIDELITY AND CIRCUMSPECTION IN DILIGENTLY EXAMINING GEORGE H. HAZLEHURST, A WITNESS ON BEHALF OF DEFT. IN A CERTAIN SUIT NOW PENDING IN OUR CIRCUIT COURT OF HINDS COUNTY, WHEREIN MRS. M. A. SKIPWITH IS PLAINTIFF AND SOUTHERN RAIL COMPANY IS DEFENDANT DO EMPOWER YOU, AT SUCH TIME AND PLACE AS YOU SHALL APPOINT, TO CALL AND CAUSE TO COME BEFORE YOU THE WITNESS AFORESAID, AND HIM DILIGENTLY TO EXAMINE ON OATH TOUCHING THE PREMISES TO THE INTERROGATORIES & CROSS INTERROGATORIES HERETO ATTACHED, AND HIS EXAMINATION WHEN MADE YOU SHALL SEND UNTO OUR COURT 2ND DISTRICT AT RAYMOND, . WITNESS, THE HONORABLE JNO. WATTS, JUDGE OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF SAID STATE, THE SECOND MONDAY OF NOVEMBER A.D. 1859 AND SEAL OF SAID COURT. ISSUED THE 16TH DAY OF APRIL 1860. J.L. MCMANUS,
Hinds County, Mississippi, 1860. Folio 7-1/2" x 12-1/2". Five leaves, tied together at head. First leaf is a preprinted court form, completed in manuscript, on recto only. Second leaf entirely in manuscript, on recto only. Final three leaves entirely in manuscript, written on verso and recto of each leaf. Minor edgewear, old folds. The court form and the certification of the interrogatories signed by J.L. McManus, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hinds Court. Very Good. The case involved a "negro man named Richard." His owner, Mary Skipwith, leased him to the Southern Rail Company. Richard fell ill. Mary blamed the railroad, which issued interrogatories to Hazlehurst, a witness. The Railroad's interrogatories-- beginning at page [5] -- inquire of Hazlehurst's knowledge about the hire of a "negro man named Richard to the Southern Rail Road Company," including year, terms and conditions; who was to pay for the hire of said slave; who was to bear the risk if the "boy" might fall ill or run away; who was to pay physician's bills and furnish clothes; the manner in which the company treated slaves; whether the price to be paid was greater than usual; how long the slave had been in the employment of the Company before he was taken sick; what kind of clothing did "the boy" have when he came into their possession; instructions to the Company overseer as to how Richard should be treated; whether the overseer treated him with proper kindness and attention. Plaintiff's cross interrogatories begin at page [7]: was it part of the contract that the Company should call in a physician if the s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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