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Trial of Matt (slave of Thomas Ridley)

September 19, 1831 –  Discharged


Matt a negro man slave the property of Thomas Ridley who stands charged with conspiracy to rebel and make insurrection was this day set to the bar in custody of the jailor of this County (the Court summoned for his trial having failed to meet) and Meriwether B. Broadnax Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an Information against the prisoner and the prisoner being arraigned of the premises pleaded not guilty to the information and sundry witnesses being sworn and examined and the prisoner by William C. Parker his Counsel fully heard. It is the opinion of the Court and accordingly ordered that the prisoner is not guilty as in pleading he hath alleged and proclamation being made as the manner is and nothing further appearing or being alleged against the prisoner it is ordered that the prisoner forthwith be discharged from custody.


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