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Whereas upon consideration of the many extraordinary Cures perform’d by Papaw a Negro Slave belonging to M[istress] Frances Littlepage of the County of New Kent, it was resolved that means should be used to obtain from him a discovery of the secret whereby he performs the said cures; and the said Papaw having upon promise of his freedom now made an ample discovery of the several medicines made use of by him for that purpose to the satisfaction of the Governor and the Gentlemen appointed by him to inspect the application and operation of the said medicines, It is the opinion of this board and accordingly ordered that as a reward for useful a discovery, which may be of great benefit to mankind, and more particularly to the preservation of the lives of great numbers of the Slaves belonging to the Inhabitants of this Country frequently infected with the Yaws, and other venereal distempers, the said Papaw be set free; and that the sum of £50 current money be paid to the said M[istress] Frances Littlepage out of his Majesty’s Revenue of 2 shillings per hogshead, for his freedom; but that he remain still under the direction of the Government until he made a discovery of some other secrets he has for expelling poison, and the cure of other diseases.
Notice to conscripts of New Kent Charles City, and James City counties.--All persons in the counties of New Kent, Charles City, and James City, between the ages of eighteen and forty years, whether residents of any other portion of the state or of other States, are hereby required to report themselves to the Enrolling Officer and Examining Board for examination and enrollment on the days fixed in the annexed notice of the Examining Board.
Rendezvous for Charles City county is Charles City Court-House.
This notice includes every person between the ages specified; those who have been heretofore examined and discharged, either by the State or Confederate Surgeon; those who have at any time been discharged from the army; those who have furnished substitutes and any and all persons who may claim exemption on any ground whatever — No person's discharge, exemption or detail, from any source, will excuse from attendance at the place appointed.Attention is called to XIII sections 2 and 3, General Orders No, 82, as follow:
2. All the laws and regulations applicable to deserters shall be applied to such conscripts as fall to repair to the place of rendezvous for enrollment, or who shall desert after enrollment.3. All the agencies employed for the apprehension and confinement of deserters, and their transportation to the commends of their respective commanders shall be applicable to persons liable to duty as conscripts who shall fail to report to the place of rendezvous after the publication of the call.Conscripts will come provided with at least three days rations.
Jno. A. Coke,
Capt. and Enrolling Officer for 3d Con. Dis't.
The undersigned, one of the Examining Board for the Third Congressional District, under General Orders 82, Adjutant and Inspector-General's office, hereby given notice to all whom if may concern that he has fixed upon the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of January for the examination of conscripts who shall assemble at New Kent Court-House, from the counties of New Kent and James City; and the 20th, 21st, and 22d of January for the examination of conscripts who shall assemble at Charles City Court-House, for the county of Charles City, in pursuance of the notice from the commandant of conscripts.
O. R. Early,
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Attack on our pickets — affairs on the Peninsula.[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]White House, (on the Pamunkey,) December 6th, 1862
About 11 o'clock last night a courier arrived here from our forces below this place, stating that an Abolition force of about three hundred, from Williamsburg, had attacked our pickets, twenty-eight in number, near Barhamsville, killing or capturing all but one, who got into camp safe and made the above statement, and that the enemy were still advancing. As the reports of the pickets are not always to be relied on, it is more than probable that more of our pickets will return to camp. Our forces advanced to meet the "Hessians," and of course we have no fears for the result. The enemy, it seems, are trying to get to the York River Railroad and bar it up; but they will have a lively time before, they reach it. Some days since the notorious traitor, Lemuel J. Bowden, left Williamsburg, went to Washington, and complained that the military commander of the "Old Burg" was too lenient to our citizens, and that he ought to be removed. On his return, he was walking quietly down the street, consoles of having accomplished his ends, when some Yankees fell to and gave him such a handsome drubbing that it is thought he will, as of old, have to keep his house for several weeks.
Battle-field plunder.--A large lot of battle field plunder, consisting of overcoats, fine blankets, axes, muskets, pistols, and rifles, were recovered yesterday by the detectives of the Eastern District from the house of a man in New Kent. The possessor resisted the seizure with all the force he could command. The articles were brought to Richmond and stowed in the Government warehouse.