John : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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William Allen sworn deposed that he went to his farm a short time before the robbery of his dwelling house- when witness returned he found that the bar of the window of the basement room of the dwelling house had been broken and a barrel of lard and a barrel of Molasses were stolen. The Smoke house and dwelling house have been broken and entered five times and large quantities of goods stolen. On two occasions the prisoner gave the first information of the robberies - the prisoner has been employed about the lot and was well acquainted with the premises.
Joe, a slave the property of Wm Allen sworn deposed that for some time previous to the robbery the prisoner had frequently begged witness to rob Mr. Allen's house - For some time witness refused but after sometime witness agreed to help the prisoner to rob his master - Prisoner said that he would never be caught that he had been in the business too long and had never been overtaken, but in case that he should be he was never to own a word but always deny it. On the night of the robbery about 1½ o'clock at night the prisoner and another man came in and said all was ready and they broke the bars & witness went down through the house and handed the goods through the window to the prisoner. After the robbery prisoner said that he would sell the plunder and divide the money but prisoner has never divided it with