[Stanford, Ky. 1805]. Two autograph documents, pp. total, with docketing on verso. Previously folded. Some creasing and light wear. Moderate tanning. Still very good. Item #436
Two documents signed by Joel Atkinson as Justice of the Peace of Lincoln County, Kentucky concerning a slave case there in the summer of 1805. The first, dated July 27, states that, “A negro man slave property of George Mathews named Sam... did on or about the 24th of this instant feloniously take, steal, carry away out of the pasture of William Mosby one brown horse to the value of twenty four pounds the property of John McKinley of said county.... You are required in the name of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to bring the said Sam before me.” The second document, dated July 29, reads in part, “To the Sheriff of Said County, Whereas Sam a negro man slave...was this day committed to the jail of this county by my warrant, it appearing to me that the felonious offence wherewith he stands charged ought to be exammoned [?] into by a court of oyer and tirmenir [sic]... I command you to summon the five Term Justices of this county to meet at the court house in the town of Stanfort on Thursday the 4th day of August, and then and there to hold court for the examination of the facts with the said sam stand charged.” Very interesting evidence of the process for holding criminal slave trials in Kentucky during the Federal period.