Howlett, Margaret Howlett, (free,) Martin, Jim Wortham, Philip Randall, Warner Clarke, Laura Rhodes, and Robertson Shuter, (slaves,) did, on the night of Thursday, December 27th, meet at the kitchen of said Jas. B. Vaughan, and did, then and there, talk of and make arrangements for an insurrection against the white inhabitants of the county of Chesterfield.
Philip Randall, an old negro owned by Mr. Wm. Gray, appeared to be most deeply implicated in the use of incendiary expressions.--Fanny Tucker, slave of Mr. Vaughn, who "blowed" on the negroes, testified that there was a party at Mr. V.'s on last Thursday night; while there her cousin Martha.
(owned by Vaughn) asked Phil had he heard the news just brought from Richmond by Sarah, (another of Vaughn's negroes,) to the effect that a great crowd of people was standing around the telegraph office in this city, intelligence having arrived that the colored people of the State would be free in two months; that war would soon be here, a