Orange County: Certificate
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Fredericksburg 7 Novem[be]r. 1791 This is to Certify that I was called to see negro Humphrey, the property of Mr. William Taylor of Orange, who was confined in the Goal of this Borough, under Sentence of Death, I found a mortification had taken place, in his Wrists 'one of his Ankles, & also his hips, the smell was so very offensive, I could scarcely go near him. the cause of the above Complaints, was owing to his Irons being too tight on his legs & wrists, that on his hips, must have been occasioned by lying on his back: I do further Certify that Robert Brooke Esqr was with me, when I first visited the said Negro, where we found him all cover'd over with flies; I am cleanly of opinion that the Negro lost his Life, by that cruel treatment when in said Prison; Given under my Hand the date above mention'd . Geo: French Teste John Miller