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Elliott : Commonwealth Cause, Caroline County

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The deposition of Sally Chenault taken in open court on behalf of the Commonwealth in a prosecution against Elliott a negroe man slave the Property of John Sutton jr Charged with Robbery this 9th Sept. 1823. Being first sworn saith That the first time she saw the prisoner at the bar he came to her door on the 6th day of August last I felt Very much shocked I thought he was a runaway I was sitting on the Table in the Back Room eating a piece of water melon he walked to the middle door and took up a musket asked what that gun was doing there Said he was very glad to get hold of such a thing as that, that it was what he had wanted for some time he looked all about in the house and asked me what I had there and slipped back to the chest and asked me to open it, I told him I should not open the Chest, he then put the musket to my breast and said that if I did not open the chest damn my soul he would kill me, I then screamed out Lord if I have any friend do pray come to me, he then seized me by the throat and said damn you I'll be a friend to you and choaked me til I could not speak or Hollow--From that he slipped back to the chest and opened it himself and Commenced taking out my clothes, he took out a new white counterpain [counterpane], nearly a new coat & pair of pantalons and rolled them up and started