Murphy, Charles : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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Commonwealth vs Charles Murphy Be it remembered that after the verdict was rendered in this case the prisoner moved the Court to set aside the same on the ground that it was contrary to the law & the evidence and grant him a new trial which motion the court overruled to which decision of the Court the prisoner excepted, and on his motion the Court doth certify the following as the facts proved on the trial It was proved that the slave Albert in the indictment mentioned was the property of Mrs.Spindle and was hired to the Virginia Central Rail Road for the year 1861. That the defendant was in the employment of the said Company as Section Master of the first section of the Road commencing at Richmond and that as such he had the charge and control of the said slave. that the said slave was arrested on Sunday the [blank] day of September 1861 by one of the police officers of the City of Richmond for having goods in his possession which were supposed to be stolen. *that on Sunday the defendant heard that the slave had been arrested and said if any man could get the truth out of him he could and he meant to whip him until he told where he got the goods from. that on Monday the negro was examined by a magistrate of the City of Richmond & sentenced to receive thirty lashes . that about ten o'clock the thirty lashes were inflicted at the whipping post by the police officer: that the lashes were moderately given and entirely in "the "buttocks" and the skin was not broken or any blood drawn that the defendant was present at the jail during the said whipping: that the officer endeavored to make the negro tell where he got the goods, and [written vertically on the left side of the page] that the a good many things had been stolen from the cars of the company recently and complaint had been made to the officers of the Road