Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 6

Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...condition that he should not stay in the county after five days from that date. In several cases, negroes were bound over to good behavior--instead of being hung.' In 1766, a negro was condemned for attempting to poison his master; convicted by confession and by testimony of a slave who was privy to his preparing a. "Dose composed of Ground Poppies and other Ingredients which he supposed Poisonous." A young negress, slave of a citizen of Charles county, was convicted in 1766, of setting fire to a tobacco house, from which the dwelling house of her master was consumed. On asking information, the Council learned that the girl in the absence of her master, drew some cider and left the spigot open, for which her mistress threatened to tell her master and have her whipped. Several times the girl asked forgiveness of her mistress and begged that the fault might be concealed ' from her master. Then, in despair, she set fire to a tobacco house, and the dwelling house and ofiices were wholly consumed. After the trial, the mistress went to the house of one of the justices and begged him to apply to the Governor for pardon, saying that if the girl were executed, she never could forgive herself for obstinately persisting in her threats of punishment; that she knew not but that the girl might have been intoxicated with the liquor she drew, and that she had before behaved herself "as well as negroes in common do." The master expressed himself as willing to have the girl pardoned. One of the justices testified to the fact that the court had inquired into the girl's character, that she seemed but little sensible of her situation at the trial, and that her youth and her confession of the crime appeared to be more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236922832
  • 9781236922830