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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08356 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: 18 March 1799 Pagination:

Summary of Content: Negro woman "Jane" seeks a writ of "Homine Replegiando" (asking the Court to return to freedom) against Edward Worrall.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryAfrican American HistorySlaveryLawFreemen

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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