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The Halifax Gazette, 6 January, 1753
KINGSTON in Jamaica, October 14.
  Yesterday ---------- Doxen stood in the Pillory, from 10 to 11, pursuant to his sentence, for Clipping-Shears and other Instruments for the demolishing of Coin, being found in his Custody, as also the Clippings.
Oct. 21. Yesterday about 11 in the Forenoon John Brown, late an Attorney at Law, in this island, was executed pursuant to his Sentence, last Grand Court, for the Crime of Forgery: he died very obstinate without making the least Confession.


The Times, 24 May, 1809
  The General Miranda has brought accounts of the discovery of an alarming conspiracy formed by the negroes of Jamaica, in imitation of the negroes of St. Domingo. Societies had been formed, a chieftain chosen, and St. Patrick's day fixed for the commencement of the insurrection, by setting fire to the City of Kingston. Some disappointment took place, and the execution of the plan was postponed to the end of March. In the mean while, a detection happily took place.  George Burgess, a private in the 2nd West Indies regiment, had deserted, and was made privy to the plan. Having been taken on the 27th of January, he was sentenced to be shot. The night previous to his intended insurrection, he made a discovery to the chaplain of the regiment. His information was communicated to the Magistrates; in consequence, on the night of the 7th of March, a number of negroes were secured, and the existence of the conspiracy ascertained.
  On the 1stof April a Slave Court was assembled at Kingston. A negro named Peter Watkins, (Commander in Chief, with the rank of Duke,) and Sambo John (a Captain), were both found guilty of a conspiracy, and sentenced to be hung the same afternoon, which was carried into execution; previous to which, they made further discoveries relative to the conspiracy.



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