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Hungerford, John Pratt: Petition, Westmoreland County

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a Court should meet to try the said slave. He further sheweth that he employed a surgeon to use his best skill to save his life and every attention was paid to him during his stay under the direction of the gaoler He further sheweth that the said negro Loney on the day before mentioned received his trial being brought with difficulty into court from the kitchen aforesaid not 100 yards distance from the Courthouse and on his trial he was acquitted and discharged & your Petitioner immediately carried him home and used every means for his recovery but to no purpose the said Negro Loney dying soon after of the Injury he received from the frost whilst he was in goal [gaol] as aforesaid. And your Petitioner further saith and hath proofs to the fact that the said Negro Loney was in perfect health & not in the least affected with frost when he was apprehended and that he was frostbitten during his confinement in goal [gaol] as aforesaid. That he was a very valuable slave and he believes had he have been condemned the court would have valued him at 100 pounds at least he being not more than 25 Years of age & a very well made likely fellow. Your Petitioner humbly hopes that as the said Negro got the means of his death in goal [gaol] whilst he was under prosecution for the felony aforesaid your honours will take the matter under your most serious consideration and make him an allowance for his said slave adequate to his value and he will ever pray &c.