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Harry, Frances : Public Claim

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At a court held for Chesterfield county at the courthouse thereof on Monday the 13th day of December Anno. Dom One thousand eight hundred and nineteen and in the 44th year of our independence

The court was opened as a court of Oyer and Terminer for the trial of Jerry a slave the property of Frances Harris charged with Burglary as p'r warrant

Present William Goode, William Fendley, Robert P. Archer, Thomas Graves Jr. & Leonard Nunnaly } Gent. Just.

The prisoner was led to the bar in custody of the Jailor arraigned of the premises, plead not guilty, & for his trial put himself upon God and the country, and defended by John W Ines and William [M?] Atkinson esq'rs. his counsel

Whereupon sundry witnesses were sworn and examined & upon hearing the evidence and arguments of counsel as well for the Commonwealth as the prisoner at the bar, it is the opinion of the court as the case appears to them that the prisoner is guilty of the Burglary of which he stands charged; And as punishment therefor, it is ordered that he be remanded to jail from whence he was taken, there to remain until Friday the 28th day of January next and on that day that he be taken from thence and conveyed to the place of public execution for this county, and between the hours of eleven o'clock in the forenoon and one o'clock in the afternoon of that day, he be hanged by the neck until he is dead & that the sheriff of this county execute the said sentence The court with one dissenting voice recommended the prisoner as a fit object of mercy, it being proven to their satisfaction that anterior to the present charge he has maintained a good character. The court estimated the value of the prisoner to the price of six hundred dollars. Copy Teste P. Poindexter, C