State v. Francis, a Slave

State v. Francis, a Slave

Lower Court

  • Putnam County


  • 1855


  • 440


  • 773


"him or her of the same, to punish by such number of stripes as they may award, not exceeding one hundred. If therefore you find from the testimony "that the said Francis a slave, made an attempt "and committed violence to the person of the defendant, with the intention of inflicting violence, "without having been wantonly assailed, then it is "an Assault and Battery. If you find the defendant "guilty of assault and battery, then it will be your "duty implicit a punishment by such number of "stripes as you may award, not exceeding one "hundred," retired under the charge of a sworn bailiff of this Court, to deliberate upon their verdict, and after considering the same, returned in the Court in charge of said Bailiff, and upon their oath do say that the said Francis a slave is guilty of assault and Battery as in the indictment against her alleged; and they do award the punishment of said Francis a slave to be whipping of fifty stripes; and thereupon she is remanded in to the custody of the sheriff. It is ordered that the defendant be whipped on the bear back (50) fifty lashes on the first Monday in July next with a cow skin or other instrument of like flexibility; and sentence pronounced.

/Signed/ William A. Forward, Judge etc

State of Florida


Francis a Slave

On this day comes the said defendant by McQueen McIntosh her attorney and moves the Court to arrest the judgment in the above entitled cause and for new trail and for cause thereof to the