Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of New-Jersey; relative to the Manumission of Negroes and others holden in bondage
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May Term, 1790

([Minutes,] p.85.)


On Habeas Corpus of Negro Jack claiming his Freedom.

The Court having considered this case under all its Circumstances, and it appearing that John Coward the former Master, under whom Tobias Hendrickson claims Title to the Negro, antecedent to the Year 1785, actually entered into an Agreement with Jack for his Freedom, the Terms of which have been fully complied with ; The Court are therefore of Opinion, and do order, the said Negro Jack to be liberated from the custody of the said Tobias Hendrickson--But as John Coward the former Master is not before the Court, and of Course not heard and his Interest may be materially concerned, this Judgment for the Liberation of the said Jack is not to affect any present or future Claim of the said John Coward.