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Templeman, Samuel: Petition, Westmoreland County

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& Robinson made an effort to stop him; but he pushed by. We commanded him to stop, but he continued his flight, and Robinson, finding there was no other means of bringing him to, fired. The man still ran, & it was imagined by us that he had made his escape. After a short time, however, we heard his cries, & had him carried to Redman's kitchen. Upon examination, he was found wounded in the knee & foot. He lived for a day or two, & then died of the wound he had received. It is my opinion that Mr. Robinson acted perfectly in consistence with the orders which were given him. Mr. Templeman asks what I suppose to have been the negroe's reason for running. I was impressed with a belief, from every circumstance to which I was a witness on the night this unfortunate accident happened, that if a conspiracy were brewing, intelligence of it had not reached the negroes here; and I am told that this was the general opinion throughout the county: I therefore suppose he thought us common patrolers, & ran to prevent us from delivering him to his master. [illegible Signature]