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STATEMENT, pleading and in practice. In the courts of Pennsylvania, by the
act to regulate arbitrations and proceedings in courts of justice, passed
March 21, 1806, 4 Smith's Laws of Penn. 828, it is enacted, "that in all
cases where a suit may be brought in any court of record for the recovery of
any debt founded on a verbal promise, book account, note, bond, penal or
single bill, or all or any of them, and which from the amount thereof may
not be cognizable before a justice of the peace, it shall be the duty of the
plaintiff, either by himself, his agent or attorney, to file in the office
of the prothonotary a statement of his, her or their demand, on or before
the third day of the term to which the process issued is returnable,
particularly specifying the date of the promise, book account, note, bond,
penal or single bill or all or any of them, on which the demand is founded,
and the whole amount which he, she, or they believe is justly due to him,
her or them from the defendant."
2. This statement stands in the place of a declaration, and is not restricted to any particular form; 3 Serg. & Rawle, 406; it is an immethodical declaration, stating in substance the time of the contract, the sum, and on what founded, with (what is an important principle in a statement, 6 Serg. & Rawle, 21,) a certificate of the belief of the plaintiff or his agent, of what is really due. Serg. & Rawle, 28. See 6 Serg. & Rawle, 53; 8 Serg. & Rawle, 567; 2 Serg. & Rawle, 537; 2 Browne's R. 40; 8 Serg. & R. 316.