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Thornton, John T : Public Claim

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At a court of Oyer and Terminer called and held for the corporation of Fredericksburg, at the Court House on the 7th day of July 1829 for the trial of Edward Parker, a slave, the property of John Taylor Thornton, charged with feloniously and burglariously breaking into the Store house of Hugh W. Fry in the corporation and within the jurisdiction of the Court and stealing therefrom two half barrels of flour of the value of five dollars and fifty cents. Present Thomas Goodwin Mayor John H Wallace John Scott John Chew William Allen Justices The said Edward Parker was set to the bar, arraigned and pleaded not guilty and therefrom sundry witness being sworn and examined and David Briggs, prosecutor for the Commonwealth and the said Edward Parker, by John M. Patton, his counsel, assigned by the Court heard in his defense. On consideration thereof it is the unanimous opinion of the court that the said slave Edward Parker is guilty of the offence whereof he stands indicted. Therefore it is further considered by the court that he be hanged by the neck until he be dead and that execution of this judgment be made and done upon him the said slave Edward Parker by the Sergeant of the Corporation on the third Friday in August next between the hours of ten Oclock in the forenoon and three Oclock in the afternoon of the same day at the usual place of execution and thereupon the said Edward Parker is remanded to jail. The Court doth adjudge the value of said slave at four hundred dollars and they unanimously recommend to the executive that the punishment of death be commuted for that of transportation. Teste, J.J. Chew Clk Fredg Hustings Ct To the auditor of the public accounts of Virginia pay to Philip Harrison the above sum of four hundred dollars allowed to me the subscriber for the value of the above mentioned slave by the corporation Court of Fredericksburg September 15 1829 Jno T. Thornton Teste JThornton