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Davis, Robert V.: Petition, Prince Edward County

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To the Hon [Honorable] General Assembly of Virginia Humbly complaining your Memorialist respectfully represents that at the Oct term of the County Court of the county of Prince Edward in the year 1858 a negro of his by the name "Jim" was condemned to be transported for the event of Rape. We at the County Court of Prince Edward assessed his value of [wherewith] a knowledge of his [illegible] at Eight Hundred dollars that the gentleman upon whose testation [attestation] my that valuation was made assert that they would have valued him at Eleven hundred dollars but for a very large and ill-looking scar plainly visible on his throat. that this scar was produced by the boy's throat having been cut by the husband of the woman alleged to have been ravished, while the said slave was setting in Court in the prisioners box under the custody of the Court on trial - Memorialist [illegible] that as this injury was done to his property while it was in the hands and under the protection of the Commonwealth the loss of three hundred dollars denounced by the loss of three hundred dollars accouonced by the said wound and scar on the throat ought to be paid by the state over should [illegible] ball upon [illegible] Memorialist. He further states that the inclavectual who inflicted the wound in notoriously once hopelessly insolvent once a suit against him would be utterly