Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Scott, John : Public Claim

image 2 of 3

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

At a Court continued and held for Fauquier County, on the 28th day of June 1832.

A Court of Oyer and Terminer having been summoned to meet on the 4th day of the present month for the trial of Pleasants, a slave the property of John Scott, charged that he did on the 27th day of May 1832, in the County of Fauquier and within the jurisdiction of this Court, feloniously Break and enter the storehouse of James A. Payne of the said County, and take, steal and carry away therefrom, Sundry goods, wares and merchandize, the property of the said James W. Payne, to wit: one roll of blue kersey, one roll of red padding and one paper of common table spoons; of the value of four dollars and upwards, and the Court having failed to meet, the said Pleasants was this day set to the bar in custody of the keeper of the jail, arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges aforesaid; and thereupon sundry witnesses being sworn and examined, and the said Pleasants by Robert E. Scott, his counsel, heard in his defence: on consideration thereof it is the opinion of the Court that the said Pleasants is guilty of the offence wherewith he stands charged; and it is considered by the court that for the said offence the said Pleasants be taken on the 24th day of August next, between the hours of ten O'clock in the morning, and four o'clock in the evening of that day, by the Sheriff of this County, to the common place of execution, and be then and there by the said Sheriff hanged by the neck, until he be dead. the Court doth unanimously recommend the said Pleasants to the Governor and Council of this Commonwealth for transportation - and the Court doth estimate the value of the said slave Pleasants at five hundred dollars. A copy Teste, J. A. W. Smith C.C.