Newman, John: Petition, Isle of Wight County
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were therefore committed to the jail of the County Court of Isle of Wight. At the Supr. [Superior] Court thereafter, the cause was continued & the said slaves sent again to jail to appear as witnesses at the Supr. Ct. in October last -- so that your petitioner had no control over them they being entirely under the order of the officers of the Commonwealth. Before the trial of the prisoner both of the slaves (being confined in jail) became very ill and one of them to wit Huldy worth as your petitioner believes the sum of $300 died, having been alive whilst confined in jail, of a child. Your petitioner has no doubt but that the death of the aforesaid slave was produced by the confinement in jail and therefore think that the Commonwealth ought in justice to make compensation for the value of the loss. He therefore prays that an act of the General Assembly may pass directing the proper authority to pay him $300, and that your Honbl. '[Honorable] body will afford him every relief which they may think him entitled to -- and as in duty bound he will pray. signed John Newman