National Archive Microfilm Publications Microcopy No. 434
Habeas Corpus Case Records of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia 1820 – 1863
Roll 1 – 1820 – 1843
Habeas Corpus for Will Madison
To the Honable James Mosell,
Dr. Sir there is a black man committed to the jail of Washington as a runaway by the name of Madison, this man was raised in this neighborhood and the barrar Mr. Saml. Snowden will prove him to be free, is it law for him to be returned for jail fees, you will please to direct Mr. Snowden how he is to act. I remain
Dr. Sir. Your Obt. Servt.
Sept. 17, 1821
In this case I have no power to release the prisoner but by order of one of the judges of US Court, or by order of two Magistrates upon writ of Habeas Corpus.
Mr. Brent will please gain a habeas corpus & bring up Will Madison free Negro before me at the court room tomorrow at 10 o’clock a.m. B. Thruyton
17th April 182