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Celia : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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City of Richmond, to wit: To the Clerk of the Hustings Court of said City. I, James K. Caskie, Recorder of the said City do hereby certify, that I have this day committed Celia, a slave the property of Charles Palmer to the jail of the said City, that she may be tried before the Hustings Court for the said City, for a felony by her committed in this, that on the 11th day of January 1865, she did feloniously and maliciously in the night time of that day burn the dwelling house of Theodore A. Law [Richmond Daily Dispatch 1/13/1865], situated in the City of Richmond. And that she the said slave Celia did then and there feloniously take, steal and carry away divers treasury notes of the Confederate States of America for the payment of three thousand eight hundred and twenty dollars and of the value of three thousand eight hundred and twenty dollars, divers pieces of silver coin of the value of sixteen dollars, divers pieces of gold coin of the value of eighty two dollars, divers bank notes for the payment of One thousand and twelve dollars and of the value of One thousand and twelve dollars, two gold watches of the value of One thousand dollars each, One gold chain of the value of two hundred dollars, One gold watch key of the value of fifty dollars, two gold pencils of the value of One hundred dollars each and two silver pencils of the value of twenty five dollars each of the good and chattels of Theodore A. Law. Given under my hand this 12th day of January 1865. James K. Caskie Recorder.