Decree in Baker v. Fairfax
Wythe's decree from March, 1802 in the case of Baker v. Fairfax.
This series of pages details Wythe's decree in a land dispute. The disputed land was the Northern Neck Proprietary, formerly owned by Lord Fairfax. In the end, the plaintiff was awarded the land, plus court costs. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay the plaintiff whatever profits he had unjustly gotten from the land, as well as costs to offset any damages done to it.
The manuscript is attached with an earlier printed legal form for a commission to take depositions in the case from 1796, in the hand of Wythe's clerk, Peter Tinsley. On the back of the commission — page five displayed here — are Wythe's notes on the case which appear to be separate from his decision.
Document text, March 1802
Between Baker, plaintiff, and Denny Fairfax, Charles Lee, and Thomas Bryan Martin and Gabriel Jones, of whom the two last named are executors of Thomas lord Fairfax, defendents, In this cause, the bill of the plaintiff, this day of march, in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and two, is taken for confessed against the defendents Denny Fairfax and Charles Lee, who reside out of the limits of this courts jurisdiction, and against the plaintiff hath proceded in the mode prescribed by law. Whom,^ when such are parties; and the same day, the court, after perusing the bill, answers of the other defendents, exhibits and examinations of witnesses, and after considering them with arguments of counsil, pronounced the following sentence: Thomas Berrvick and Joshua Baker in the title of them or either of them to the sixty five acres of land demanded by the bill were forfeited, might^have redemed them in equitie, by compensation of the detriment which the proprietor suffered by failure^of those men to observe the rules prescribed by him in parceling out
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