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Title:  A journal of the proceedings in the detection of the conspiracy formed by some white people, in conjunction with Negro and other slaves, for burning the city of New-York in America, and murdering the inhabitants. ... Containing, I. A narrative of the trials, condemnations, executions, and behaviour of the several criminals, at the gallows and stake, with their speeches and confessions; with notes, observations and reflections occasionally interspersed throughout the whole. II. An appendix, wherein is set forth some additional evidence concerning the said conspiracy and conspirators, which has come to light since their trials and executions. III. Lists of the several persons (whites and blacks) committed on account of the conspiracy; and of the several criminals executed; and of those transported, with the places whereto. / By the Recorder of the City of New-York. ; [One line in Latin from Virgil]
Author: Horsmanden, Daniel, 1694-1778.
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THE PREFACE:THE Reader must not expect in the following Sheets, a particular and minute Relation of every Formality, Question and Answer that pass'd upon the Trials, it may suffice, if he be assured he has the Substance; for indeed more cannot be expected, when it is considered, that we have no One here, as in our Mother Country, who make it a Business to take Notes upon such Occasions; or any others, that we know of, who are so dexterous at Short-Hand, as to be sufficiently qualified for such a Purpose; but he will be sure to have all that could be collected from the Notes that were taken by the Court, and Gentlemen at the Bar; with all which the Compiler has been furnished.Upon a Review of the Proceedings, in order for this Undertaking, the Bulk of them, which was the Product of about Six Months Enquiry, seem'd somewhat discouraging: No doubt, they might have been conracted, if this Work had been proceeded upon in the Method of an Historical Relation only, wherein the Compiler would have been more at Liberty to abstract the several Originals; but it was concluded, a Journal would give more Satisfaction, inasmuch as in such a kind of Process, the Depositions and Examinations themselves, which were the Ground-work of the Pro|ceedings, would appear at large; which most probably would afford Conviction, to such as have a Disposition to be convinc'd, and have in Reality doubted, whether any par|ticular Convicts had Justice done them or not, notwithstanding they had the Oppor|tunity of seeing and hearing a great deal concerning them; and others, who had not such Opportunities, who were prejudiced at a Distance in their Disfavour, by frivolous Reports, might the readier be undeceiv'd: For as the Proceedings are set forth in the Order of Time they were produced, the Reader will thereby be furnished with the most natural View of the Whole; and e better enabled to conceive the Design and dangerous Depth of this hellish Project, as well as the Justice of the several Prosecutions.Thus far, however, the Compiler thinks proper to premise, that as he found it convenient to divide the Originals into number'd Sections, for the more ready Reference to the several Parts of them, as Occasion should offer; he took the Liberty also of lopping off from them, what, in print, he thought would be a superfluous Formality, such as The Deponent further saith, and such like, which he thought would have been a needless Incumbrance to the Book.0