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Spotsylvania County: Papers

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for the time to come: that she understood George Boxley had sent two negores (who were runaways) up the Country to give information to others. That her master had better go, and have Capt. Bell's Lewis (who was hired to Geo. Boxley) taken up, and Mr. Coleman's Will, and make them confess, the truth about it, for they were going every where to persuade the negroes to join. That she had determined to take her master's horses to the door, as a place of safety, on the night they intended to go off, if no measures were taken to prevent them. That the negroes expected she would go with them, but she would not. These circumstances were related to me by my wife, and in consequence I determined to make them known. Many negroes were apprehended, and the trials ended in the establishment of the truth of the communications which she had made. Lucy is about thirty Six years of age. If the Legislature think proper to liberate her for her services, I have no objections against the measure. Ptolemy Powell Spotsylvania County } to wit This day personally appeared before me Waller Holladay a magistrate for the county

aforesaid, the above named Ptolemy Powell and made oath to the truth of the facts contained in the above statement. Given under my hand this the 29th day of Decr. 1817. Waller Holladay

We are acquainted with Mr. Ptolemy Powell's Lucy and are of opinion that she is as valuable a housewoman as almost any of her age, and should judge her to be about 36 years old. George Tayman, Benj Robinson