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By the Governor of Virginia — a proclamation.

--Information having been received by the Executive that three prisoners, who were confined in the jail of the city of Lynchburg, awaiting their trial — John Spilman, charged with murder; Peter W. Wooldridge, charged with robbery, and C. W. Eddcomb, alias Capt. Butts, alias George Ridley. charged with grand larceny — have made their escape, and are now going at large; therefore, I do hereby offer a reward of Three Hundred Dollars to any person who shall arrest the said Spilman Wooldridge, and Edgcomb, and deliver them into the jail of sold city of Lynchburg, or one hundred dollars for such arrest and delivery of either, and I do moreover require all officers of this Commonwealth, civil and military, and request the people generally to use their best exertions to procure their arrest, that they may be brought to justice

Given under my hand as Governor, and under the less seal of the Commonwealth at Richmond, this 24th day of December, 1861, and in the 86th year of the Commonwealth.

By the Governor John Letcher.

George W. Manford.

Secretary of the Commonwealth.

John Spilman is described as ‘"about six feet in height this visage, paid and dark complexion, between thirty-five and forty years of age an Irish man by birth, and a stone mason by travel speaks softly when spoken to."’

Peter W. Wooldridge. ‘"about five feet eight to ten inches in height, twenty two to twenty five years of age, full face, gray ayes, and black hair; has a very revere would in the middle of one of his hand and can't straighted two of the diggers of that hand; horn and rated in Lynchburg, and speaks promptly when spoken to."’

C. W. Edgcomb, alias Capt. Hotts, alias George Ridley, ‘"balls from New Orleans is from twenty-five to thirty-years of age, about five feet inches in height black hair and eyes, very fair complexion, white teeth, round full face, and quite a handsome man, speaks quick and promptly when spoken to... good address."’

It is believed that these men are aiming for the Northern army, de cw1w

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