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Childress, David J.: Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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Virginia City of Richmond, to wit; To the Clerk of the Hustings Court of the said City I, Joseph Mayo Mayor, of the said City, do hereby certify that I have this day committed David J. Childress to the Jail of the said City that he may be examined by the Hustings Court of the said City for a felony by him committed, in this, that on the 15th day of January in the year 1865, on the North side of James River in the County of Henrico, and within one mile of the corporation line of the City of Richmond and within the Jurisdiction of the Hustings Court of the said City, he did feloniously advise, Vina a slave the property of John D Holstead to abscond from him, with intent to defraud and deprive the said John D Holstead, her owner, of the said slave, and that he the said David J. Childress did then and there, and within the Jurisdiction of aforesaid, feloniously, aid the said slave Vina, to abscond, and was then and there accessory, to the escape and attempt to escape, of the said slave Vina, from her owner, by shewing her the said slave the way and attempting to shew her the way to pass the lines of the Army of the Confederate States, into the lines and Army of the United States, with the like intent to defraud, the said John D. Holstead, and to deprive him of the said slave Vina.

Given under my hand this 2ond February in the year 1865. Joseph Mayo Mayor