Daniel Cook represents that "some time in the month of July in the year 1821, a negro fellow named Phill, the property of your Petitioner, was tried and convicted" of administering poison and was "sentenced to be hanged" the next month. Cook declares, however, "that some days previous to the time appointed for his execution, while he was in the custody of the gaoler ... the said negro put an end to his existence, by hanging himself in the dungeon of the gaol." The petitioner therefore prays that his case be taken into consideration and he be granted relief. Cook attests that said Phill was "appraised by the said Court, at the sum of four hundred dollars."
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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina