Corbin, Richard H. : Public Claim
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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held for Middlesex County at the Courthouse in Urbanna on Wednesday the 2d day of January 1799 for the trial of Burgess a negroe man slave the property of Richard H. Corbin of Middlesex County and Billey Alias Billey Weeks a negroe man slave the property of John Hopkins of the city of Richmond for Felony Present. Overton Cosby, James Ross, Philip L. Grymes, Thomas Healy and Staige Davis Gent.
Burgess and Billey alias Billey Weeks, being brought to the Bar in Custody of the Sheriff and the Indictment being read to which they pleaded not Guilty. Syne Shackleford Gent being appointed by the court as Counsel for the Prisoner, and Sundry Witnesses being sworn in behalf of the Commonwealth, and arguments of Counsel on both sides being heard. It is considered and adjudged by the Court that the said Burgess and Billey alias Billey Weeks are Guilty of the Felony Plotting and Conspiring in the Indictment mentioned and it is ordered by the Court, that the said Burgess and Billey, alias, Billey Weeks be hanged till they are dead on the Twenty first day of this month. and it [is] further ordered that the Sheriff of this County [is to] execute the above sentence. The Court Valued the Slave Burgess the Property of Richard H. Corbin to four hundred Dollars and the slave Billey alias Billey Weeks the property of John