Richmond Compiler,

September 3, 1831

 

        …Some rumors are still afloat but we know not on what authority they rest, and we hope they are very much exaggerated, as, of a deposit of guns, pistols and knives, being found in Nansemond,—though a late letter from that county says all alarm has subsided. Yet we now and then hear of a suspected slave being taken up in Nansemond and Surrey—and we have a report of a patrol going upon an estate in Prince George—and upon the overseer pointing out five whom he suspected, shooting two who were attempting to make their escape, and securing the other three and throwing them into jail.—On the whole, while we see little room for danger, we ought still to be vigilant  and on the alert!

 

 

Henry Irving Tragle, The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831: A Compilation of Source Material (Amherst, MA: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1971), 62.