Compensation For Slave Who Informed on Gabriel

COMPENSATION FOR SLAVE WHO INFORMED ON GABRIEL

Letter:  John Moss representing Billy who was instrumental in apprehending Gabriel

Honored Sir,

From the repeated application of the Negro man Will King who gave me information of the said Gabriel being on board of Capt Taylor [ship] and he himself and Capt Taylor was there a going to secure him—I gave other information for fear he should make his escape---and with delay the vellon was arrested—I fear your propose will be interrupted but your dignity know best how to compensate the negro man for his good conduct he is under a good character and very submissive.

I am sir your most humble servant

John Moss 1800

Sept 25 James Monroe Esq. Richmond

Certificate of the examining magistrate respecting the intended insurrection
8th Sept 1800

Document transcribed by Joseph E. Holloway

Governor’s Office, Letters Received, James Monroe, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.