John : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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City of Richmond, to wit, To the clerk of the Hustings Court of said City I, Joseph Mayo Mayor of the said City, do hereby certify, that I have this day committed John a slave of Cathrine Myers to the Jail of the said City that he may be tried by the Hustings Court of the said City for a felony by him committed, in this, that on the 24th day of December in the year 1864, at the City of Richmond, and within the Jurisdiction of the Hustings Court of the said City, he did feloniously and falsely with intent to defraud forge a certain paper writing of the tenor and effect following, To wit,
Richmond Dec. 24th 1864 House of Repts Major Carrington Provost Marshall of the City Sir will you be so kind as to send me passports for the names I give on here. Sam a Negro of Bently Wicker Ned a N. " Mr. Buck Saunders Bob a N. " Mr. John Puckett to pass to Old Church County in Hanover where there masters live, to spend the Christmas and return by the 28th Inst. Your very respectfully William C. Wickam M. C.
And for this also, that he the said John did at the City aforesaid, and within the Jurisdiction aforesaid feloniously utter and attempt to employ as true the said falsely, forged paper writing then And there well knowing the same to