REPORTS OF CASES ADJUDGED IN THE SUPREME COURT
John a negro man, against Benoni Dawson.
who is not an inhabitant of Westmoreland county before 23d September 1780,brings a slave from
Homine replegiando. Plea property.
' It was admitted on trial, by both parties, that the plaintiff was born a slave in Maryland, and was brought from thence in the month of October 1782, into Westmoreland county, by the defendant his then master, who before the 23d September 1780, was not an inhabitant of Westmoreland or Washington counties ; and that the plaintiff was registered in the office of the clerk of the peace of Westmoreland county, as a slave on the 30th Debember (sic) 1782.
By the court. The facts admitted will not bear an
argument. The defendant was not an inhabitant of Westmoreland county before the
23d September 1780, and therefore does not come within the words or meaning of
the act of 13th April 1782. Neither he nor the negro
were within the state at that time. In a much stronger case on a habeas
Verdict pro quer.
Messrs. Woods and Collins, pro quer.
Messrs. Young and Sample, pro def.