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Spotsylvania County: Papers

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Some time about the middle of February 1816, my negroe woman Lucy told me privately, she had something to communicate, and that she would make it known, if I would not tell who gave the information. That she had wished for an opportunity, and scarcely been able to sleep, as death had been denounced against the person, or persons who should divulge the secret. She then stated after some further conversation, that all the negroes in the neighbourhood, and in the neighbouring counties as far as she could hear, were to fix upon a night, and go off upon their master's horses. I interrupted her, and told her, there could be no truth in it. She said it was true, and that many white men were to join in the conspiracy, as she had been told. I asked her if she had heard their names, She named George Boxley, and mentioned a great deal of their plans not necessary to be repeated here. Not many days after Lucy went to her mistress (who is now dead) and inquired if I had done any thing in the business. Her mistress told her I had not. Well said she Master will not believe me, but I have told nothing but the truth; the negroes are rejoicing