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Harper's Ferry January 2nd 1860 Having seen the negro man Ben referred to in the petition of John H Allstadt, during his confinement in the jail at Charlestown Virginia, I will state from an examination of him at the time (a few days after his commitment to the jail), I concluded that his condition was the result of fright and exposure consequent upon his capture by John Brown's party on the 16th of October last. I found that without any specific disease to which I could attribute his sickness, that he manifested