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Sutton, Norborne E : Public Claim

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Virginia At court of Oyer and Terminer called and held for the trial of Horace a negro slave, the property of Norborne E . Sutton, charged with having on the night of the 8th: day of February 1829 willfully and maliciously assaulted and beaten William Buckhannan a free white man with and intention in so doing to kill the said Buckhannan at the court house on the 16th day of February 1829. Present John Talierferro Charles Tod George D Baylor ] Gentlemen Justices Pichegru Woolfolk Charles A Lewis Jr. The said Horace was led to the bar in custody of the Sheriff of this County and Festus Dickinson prosecuting for the Commonwealth in and for said county came and presented to the Court are indictment against the said Horace in these words to wit: Virginia, Caroline County to wit: Festus Dickinson the attorney for the Commonwealth prosecuting in and for the county aforesaid comes into Court and gives the Court to understand and be informed that Horace a negro man slave the property of Norborne E. Sutton of the County aforesaid on the night of the 8th day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine about the house of twelve oclock of the said night not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil with force and arms did willfully and maliciously assault and beat William Buckhannan a free white person of said County of Caroline with an intention in