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Explanation to magistrate by Anna Dorsey in case against Owen S. Cecil over nonpayment of bill for use of slave named Hanson, dated August 21, 1834

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Cecil, Owen S Dorsey, Anna Dorsey, William


Explanation (affidavit) to the magistrate (page 1) dated August 21, 1834 by Anna Dorsey of Baltimore County concerning nonpayment of a bill and the ill treatment of her slave named Hanson by Owen S. Cecil. In the affidavit she explains her side of the transaction, laying out its terms and costs and why she believes Cecil still owes her money, even though Hanson did not complete the agreed term of service. She also explains why Cecil's ill treatment of Hanson (clubbing him instead of whipping him) was unacceptable and why he should be made to pay. Her suit, dated August 19 and recorded on page 3, was witnessed on August 20 by former Justice of the Peace Wm (William) Ashman of Baltimore City and recorded by district clerk Thos. (Thomas) Kell of Baltimore County. Page 4 merely lists the plaintiffs in the suit, i.e., Anna Dorsey vs. Owen S. Cecil, while page 2, dated September 27, gives the judgment and the amount of payment due. (Editor's note: The order of dates would indicate that some pages may be missing.)
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