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The Daily Dispatch: December 15, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Kidnapping free negroes. --Wm. K Ellett, Ro. F. Cotton, and L. B. Boynton, were before the Mayor yesterday to answer the charge of kidnapping Wm. Henry Harris, William. Wallace, and Elisha Wallace, three free negro boys, residents of James City county. The evidence elicited the following facts: On the 4th instant Wm. K. Ellett called at Wm. E. Wade's, on Brook Avenue, and asked accommodation for three negroes for the night. Wade promised to receive the negroes, and about 9 o'clock that night Ellett arrived in a carriage with the three negro boys named above. After depositing them Ellett showed Wade a bill of sale for the three, remarking that they belonged to a friend, and that he would call for them the next morning. The bill of sale was made to L. B. Boynton for the three boys, in consideration of the payment of $6,000, was dated Dec. 4, 1863, and signed John Holt. That night the negro boys were taken into custody by order of the Mayor, and the next morning officer Perri