Peter Horlbeck attests that "on or about the 26th day of August 1794 Thomas Coburn did wantonly and in a most cruel manner beat a negroe slave, the property of your Petitioner, by which the said Negroe died." Horlbeck asserts that he "commenced a prosecution on behalf of the State against the said Thomas Coburn," noting that "the said Coburn was convicted and fined in the Sum of one hundred pounds." The petitioner believes that "he is, by law, entitled to one moiety of the said fine ... as a compensation for his trouble and expenses in attending to the Prosecution, and the great loss he has sustained in being deprived of the services of so valuable a Slave." He asks that "the said moiety be paid him."
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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina