Chappell, Robert : Public Claim
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prisoner said that he had been engaged in stealing six or seven years and that if he got clear of this he would never again be guilty of the like conduct. John B. Cole, being sworn said, that he was present when the conversation between the prisoner and Young took place, that the statement of Young is substantially correct. John Butterworth being sworn said that he was present at the trial of Chappell in the Hustings Court of Petersburg, and that he saw him branded agreeably to the sentence of the Court, but did not see him lashed. A Copy of the record of the trial and judgement of the Hustings Court of the Town of Petersburg is in these words and figures (Viz:) At a Called Court held for the Town of Petersburg, at the Courthouse on Monday the 24th of April 1826 for the Trial of Chappell a slave hired by John Butterworth, who had been committed to jail on the suspicion of Felony in stealing from Thomas Bryant eight pair of shoes. Present Lewis Mabry Recorder Thomas Wallace Saml. Winfree John H. Brown John Patterson } Alderman. The said Chappell was brought to the bar in custody of the Sergeant, to whose charge for the cause aforesaid he had been committed, and counsel the Court being opened for his trial, William M. Atkinson was assigned counsel to defend him on his trail, and sundry witnesses being sworn and examined, and the prisoner by his Counsel heard in his defence it is the opinion of the Court that the said Chappell is guilty of the charge aforesaid, and shall receive as a punishment therefor, twenty lashes, and be burnt in the hand, which being executed in the presence of the Court, he is hence discharged. And the Court allow William M. Atkinson as his fee for defending the said prisoner the sum of ten dollars to be paid by the said Chappell's owner. Lewis Mabry Recorder A Copy Teste D.M. Bernard D.C. Feby 6th 1833. A Copy Teste J:P: Crump C.D.C.