Location: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Settlement of Sarah Nicholson's suit granting her freedom
Settlement of suit initiated in:
Parish Court for the Parish and City of New Orleans, July 10th 1828
Present the Honorable James Pitot
The plaintiff in this case has instituted the the present suit for restoration to her freedom after having been kidnapped in August 1826 in the City of Philadelphia, brought forcibly as a slave to this Country, received from place to place and sold to the defendant in this city by a certain Pressley Stephenson of the parish of St. Helena and upon the evidence of the case resulting from the uncontradicted testimony of many witnesses who have known her Sarah Nichols or Nicholson, either born free by some of them or having enjoyed long since her freedom in Delaware or Pennsylvania states, it is ordered and decreed by the Court that judgement shall be entered in her favor with costs of suit to to be paid by the defendant, and that being thereby returned to the enjoyment of her freedom he shall be bound to pay to her additionally the sum of two hundred dollars for both the time spent in his service since he bought her and the value of her passage and expenses otherwise to return to the place she was taken from. And whereas the said defendant did call in warranty his vendor Pressley Stephenson on her authentic deed of sale annexed to his answer, it is further ordered and decreed that the defendant shall have his recourse against him for the reimbursement of the price being 325 dollars together with the amount of cash and compensation allowed as aforesaid by the court.
- Signed as follows
- New Orleans,
- July 21st 1828
- J. Pitot Judge
I do hereby certify that the aforegoing are true copies of the original records of which they purport to be copies, and now on file in the Clerk's office of the Parish Court to the Parish and City of New Orleans.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court of the city of New Orleans this 25th day of November in the year of our lord 1828 and in the 53rd year of American Independence.
- THO. J. Kennedy