Peter Horlbeck attests that "in the month of August, last past, a very valuable Negro Man, the property of your petitioner, was murdered by one Thomas Coburn, (a young man lately from Europe).” Horlbeck asserts that he "prosecuted the said Thomas Coburn in the September term to conviction" and that a fine of one hundred pounds was paid to the clerk of court. The petitioner reminds the legislature that he "made application to the Clerk for a moiety of the said fine, which he was led to believe he was entitled to as prosecutor; but without effect." He now prays that "you would order the sum of one hundred pounds, which was paid by the said Thomas, as a fine for the murder of your petitioners negro, to be paid to your petitioner."
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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina