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Citizens of James City & York: Petition, Middlesex County

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(4) feloniously and maliciously in the night time burn the prison and Jail of said County of Middlesex. Given under my hand this 26th day of April 1854 Jno. P. Bristow J. P.

And now at this day to wit, at a Court of Oyer & Terminer held for the County of Middlesex at Saluda, on the same day and year first here in mentioned, to wit on the 22nd May 1854. Present Thomas Street Presiding Justice, Thomas Trice, Lewis Jones, Robert C. Garland and John A Miles associate Justices. John a slave of Francis M. Jones charged with felony, for this, to wit, that he the said John Slave as aforesaid on the 31st day of March 1854 about the hours of Eleven O'Clock in the night time of that day in the County of Middlesex, a certain Jail there situate, the said Jail being then and there the public prison and Common Jail of the said County of Middlesex, feloniously and maliciously, did burn against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Virginia[.] The said John Slave was led to the bar in Custody of the Sheriff, Robert S. Montague Attorney for the Commonwealth appeared in behalf of the Commonwealth, and Joseph Christian Esqr. was assigned Council for the prisoner, and thereof being arraigned pleaded not guilty to the charge aforesaid, Sundry Witnesses being examined who testified as follows.