Chappell, Robert : Public Claim
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Virginia, At a Court held for Dinwiddie County, at the Court house on Monday the 18th day of February 1833. The Court was opened as a Court of Oyer and Terminer for the trial of Chappell a slave, the property of Robert W. Chappell charged with Felony.~ Present William Anderson Isham E. Hargrave Richard Booth, Thos. Rives and Beverly Anderson } Gent. Jus. The prisoner was set to the bar in custody of the Jailor, arraigned of the premises, and pleaded not guilty, and thereupon the Court assigned John Baker esquire his counsel to defend him in this behalf: Whereupon, on hearing the evidence and arguments of Counsel, and on consideration thereof; it is the opinion of the Court as the case appears to them that the prisoner is guilty of the Felony whereof he stands accused: Therefore it is considered by the Court (it appearing to them that the prisoner has heretofore received the benefit of Clergy) that he be remanded to jail there to remain until the third friday of April next, and it is ordered that the Sheriff then take the said Chappell to the place of execution and hang him by the neck until he be dead:~ The Court unanimously recommend the said Chappell to the mercy of the Executive, in which recommendation the Attorney for the Commonwealth concurs. The Court value the said slave to seven hundred & fifty dollars~ The warrant against Chappell and the Sheriff returns thereon endorsed, follows in these words and figures to wit. Dinwiddie County to wit; To the Sheriff of the said County. Whereas, Chappell a slave, the property of Robert Chappell of the said County, hath been this day committed to the jail of this county by my warrant for feloniously stealing, taking and carrying away from a wagon on the public highway in the said county, certain goods, chattels and merchandize (to wit) 21 1/7 yards 4/4 Linsey of the value of nine dollars and eighty nine cents, 8 yards of apron checks of the value of one dollar, 3 pieces cotton Oznaburgs of the value of nine dollars and forty two cents, containing 89 3/4 yards, the property of James G. Young, and it appearing to me by evidence upon oath that the said slave should be tried for the said offence, and that the said offence was committed within the jurisdiction of the Court of the