On motion of the Plaintiffs by their attorneys the Jury who were empanelled in these cases on Saturday last, were called into Court for the purpose of apportioning the damage by them returned in their verdict who apportioned the damages in this case follows
Frederic Hoc& Lewis Hoc,
John Miller & Bryan Croom
We the Jury find for the Plaintiffs and assess the damages at Two hundred and five Dollars. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Plaintiffs recover against the said defendants Five hundred Dollars the debt in the declaration new mentioned and their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended, but this judgment may be satisfied by the payment of sum of Two hundred and five Dollars and the costs and the said defendants in mercy &c
Whereupon the defendants by their Attorneys filed their bill of exceptions which are signed sealed and made part of the record in the cause and which is in these words.
1[st] The defendants counsel asked the Court to instruct the Jury that in each case assessing the damages in these cases they cannot find for more than the Plaintiffs have actually proved was marred in consequence of improperly sueing out of the attachment, and that the Jury cannot consider on their verdict any damages plaintiffs may have sustained by reason of defendant J Miller taking away his negroes in violation of his contract with the plaintiffs