John : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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(Recognizance of witness in felony.) City of Richmond, To-Wit: Be It Remembered, That on the 25th day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four Royall Rl Smith as bail for John a slave personally came before me Joseph Mayo Mayor of the said City, in said City and acknowledged himself to owe to the Commonwealth of Virginia; in the sum of five hundred dollars, of good and lawful money of the Confederate States of America, to be made and levied of his goods and chattels, lands and tenements to the use of the said Commonwealth.
The Condition of this Recognizance is such, that if the above John shall personally appear before the Justices of the City of Richmond aforesaid, on the 14th day November, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, at a Court by them to be holden, in and for said City, in the City Hall of said City, in said City, for the trial of John a slave charged with feloniously stealing one hat box one lot of Jewelry and divers other articles all of the value of two hundred dollars then and there, to answer the said Commonwealth, concerning the said offence, with which the said John a slave stands charged, and do not depart without leave of said Court, then this recognizance to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Taken and acknowledged before me, in said City, and within the jurisdiction aforesaid, the day and year first above written. Jos. Mayo Mayor.