. 10.--A case of some interest to the “cullered population” was decided, yesterday, by Judge Kinsman
It appears that a free colored man named John Montamat
was married to a slave woman, by whom he had two children, one of which died; the other, a little girl about eleven years of age, a bright mulatto, quite fair to look upon, still survives, and was the subject of the present legal proceedings.
Montamat, at the time of his marriage, determined to purchase the freedom of his wife from her owner, and, in furtherance of that object, had paid six hundred dollars. In order to secure the freedom of his surviving child, he sent her to Cincinnati
, where she was baptized into the Catholic Church.
Montamat, the father, subsequently became involved in debt in this city, and mortgaged his daughter as a slave to secure his creditors.
The mortgage was foreclosed in February, 1862, and the child of this father was sold to a Mr. Slavoie
, at sheriffs sale.
In the present case, Montamat applied for the freedom of his child under the circumstances above detailed.
Able counsel had been retained by both parties-Christian Roselius
for the defendant, and Colonel A. P. Field
decided that the girl was entitled to her freedom, and so ordered.--N. O. Delta, October 10