McNamara, Timothy, Estate of : Public Claim
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At a court of oyer and terminer held at Lancaster Courthouse on the 30th day of August 1824 for the trial of Charles a negro man slave the property of Timothy McNamara deceased.
Daniel P. Mitchell, Ones: Harvey, Jos. A. Carter, Benjna. Waddey & Wm. Gilmour, Gent. Justices.
Ralph Edmonds Attorney for the Commonwealth in the court aforesaid and now present in court gives the said court to understand and be in formed that "Charles a negro man slave the property of sd. McNamara did feloniously break into the store house of Henry E. Lawson & John Meredith at the white stone in the county aforesaid in the night of Sunday the 23rd August inst. and feloniously took therefrom goods, wares, merchandise & cash to the value of $200.00 against the peace and dignity of this Commonwealth etc." Whereupon the said Charles was led to the bar in custody of the Sheriff of this county to whose custody for the cause aforesaid he was committed and being arraigned of the premises he said he was in no wise thereof guilty and for his trial according the act of the General Assembly in such case made he put himself upon the court whereupon diverse witnesses were sworn and examined and the said Charles heard by Addison Hall Gentl: who is assigned his council in his defence on consideration whereof it is the unanimous opinion of the court that the sd. Charles is guilty of the felony as against him is Alleged and then it being demanded of him if any thing for himself he had or knew to say why the court here to Judgment and execution against him of and upon the premises should not proceed he said he had nothing but what he had before said thereupon it is considered by the court