State v. Francis, a Slave

State v. Francis, a Slave

Lower Court

  • Putnam County


  • 1855


  • 440


  • 773


Abner M. Hall has been convicted of an assault and Battery and whereas the said Abner M. Hall in behalf of the said slave contemplates suing out a writ of errors to the Supreme Court of said State, now the condition of this obligation is such, that if the said Francis shall be and appear wherever required so to do, and shall abide the final order, sentence and judgment of the said Supreme Court in the premises, and if the said Abner M. Hall shall and do well and truly pay or cause or procure to be paid all the costs that shall accrue by reason of seeing out said writ of Error, then and from thence forth this obligation shall be null and void else to remain in full force and virtue

/Signed/ William A. Forward Judge

State of Florida

Vs. Indictment for assault and battery.

Francis a slave

Be it remembered that at a term of the circuit of Putnam county to wit on the 18[th] day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty four, this cause came in to trial, and then and there came James M. Baker who prosecutes the pleas of the State, and the said defendant appeared in person and by her attorney and filed a plea to the said indictment to wit the plea of "not guilty" and thereupon the Court ordered a Jury to be called, and the following named persons were selected, chosen and sworn upon said jury to wit: Luke Johns, William Clark, William C. Duke and Maurice Sanchez, thereupon it appearing to the Court the regular venire was exhausted by challenges peremptory and for cause it was then and there ordered