from Pittsburgh Gazette Abstracts 1797-1803:
Letter dated Pittsburgh, May 8, 1797: Sir, In the Home Replegiando for the Negro of Andrew HOLMES, it would be dangerous to admit the principle, that the master being detained within the state waiting for the opening of the navigation of our rivers, can take the case out of the law. But such is the intemperance, vagrancy, and dishonesty of the Negro in question, that he is a nuisance, and the bail procured for him has surrendered him to the jail of the county, so that the question of the elapse of six months, or the application of the law uder special circumstances, does not deserve an enquiry into this case. We are therefore ready to deliver the negro to you, that he may be transported with the first boat to Kentucky. It may be of good example to people of colour at this place who claim liberty, to conduct themselves in such manner as to shew that they deserve it. /s/H.H. BRACKENRIDGE, Member of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery, Thomas COLLINS, Counsel in behalf of the Negro. Steele SEMPLE, Esq., attorney for Andrew HOLMES.