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Arnold, Humphrey : Public Claim

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At a court [illegible] and help for Culpeper County on Tuesday the Eleventh day of April 1786 for the Trial of Joseph a negro man slave the property of Humphrey Arnold charged with felony Present James Slaughter, James Pendleton French Strother, Edward Stevens } gents Birkett Davenport & John Stode

The prisoner was brought to the barr in custody of the Sheriff and [illegible] demanded whether he was guilty or not? Answered that he was not guilty. Where upon Sundry witnesses were sworn examined and the prisoner heard in his own defence. There upon the court are of opinion that he is guilty of felony without the benefit of clergy and that he be taken by The sheriff to the gaol of the county there to be kept till Saturday the 22nd day of the month and then be taken by the sheriff between the hours of twelve and two oclock to the gallows & hung by the neck till he is dead! dead! dead The court do value the said slave to ninety pounds current money. These proceedings were signed thus James Slaughter James Pendleton French Strother Edward Stevens John Strode

a copy Teste John Jameson [C.C.?]