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Elijah : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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[Certificate for Felony Not Bailed] City of Richmond to Wit: To the Clerk of the Hustings Court of said City

I Joseph Mayo Mayor of the said City do hereby certify that I have this day committed Elijah a slave the property of Stephen Hunter to the jail of the said City that he may be tried by the Hustings Court of the said City for a felony by him committed in this that on the 25th day of March in the year 1861

at the City of Richmond and within the jurisdiction of the Hustings Court of the said City he did feloniously break & enter in the night time of day the stone house of James H. Beagleston with intent to commit larceny therein

And did then & there feloniously take steal and carry away divers articles to wit: four bags of coffee of the value of fifty dollars, 2 kegs of butter of the value of twenty dollars, nine cans of Bacon of the value ofnine dollars, six Bottles of Brandy of the value of six dollars two Hammers of the value of one dollar, one Hatchet of the value of one dollar, and fours sides of leather of the value of ten dollars of the goods and chattels of James H. Beagleston

Given under my hand this 3rd day of May in the year 1861. Joseph Mayo, Mayor