"Facts of Slavery" - James Redpath - New York Tribune
A Case of Cruelty and Torture
Before the Jury, one of Mr. Lewis's neighbors, Mr. David Montgomery, of revolutionary descent, testified that on the first Monday of March,which was County Court day, the younger girl above spoken ran into his house in a state of complete nakedness, and that her first words besought them "to please let her warm by their fire." Upon examination by this neighbor and wife the girl was found to have been most cruelly treated. She showed burns that evidently were made with hot irons upon her neck, her face, her hands under both arms, between her legs, both behind and before, beside bruises upon her head and bleeding at the ears.
The Deacon had an old slave that had been in the habit of running away, but had always been caught, until finally about two weeks ago he made another escape. No sooner was the old thing missing than cousin H borrowed neighbor P's hounds and started in search of him. He had not proceeded far in the woods before he found the old man perched upon a limb of a large tree. He ordered him several times to come down, but the old man, stubborn as an ass, still maintained his position. The deacon then becoming excited, fired his gun at him. The ball passed through his ankle and mangled it in such a manner that it mortified and he died.
We learn from The Norfolk Beacon that one of the first acts of Judge Baker, of the Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 9, was to sentence Mrs. Douglas, who was convicted at the last term for instructing negroes to read and write, contrary to law, to one month's imprisonment to the city jail, which sentence was immediately carried into execution.