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Groomes, Albert : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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William Mitchell detective sworn deposed that every morning he is on duty at the Virginia Central Rail Road Cars and that on the day in question he put the slave Jackson off of the cars because he did not have the proper papers. Jackson said that he would go and get a pass from his master. And when witness came up to the Provost Marshall's Office he found Jackson under arrest and upon his person was found the following pass (here insert pass) - witness asked Jackson where he got the pass from and he told witness that he would shew him the man that wrote it and went and pointed out the prisoner and witness arrested him and he confessed that he wrote the pass and Jackson paid him five dollars for the writing the pass. Prisoner is employed by Major Archer whose name is forged. Prisoner confessed that he forged the pass for Jackson that he might escape to the enemy.

Napoleon Burke sworn deposed that after the prisoner was arrested witness had a conversation with him and he confessed that he wrote a pass for Jackson to obtain a passport to leave for the Yankees and also confessed that before that time he had written eight passes for negroes to obtain passports on, and made out a list of them and among the list was the name of the negro Jackson. Prisoner fully confessed his guilt.