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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Horse racing in Westmoreland

In 1688 an important suit was tried before the justices of Westmoreland County regarding a number of races in which John Hartridge and John Washington, on one side, and John Baker and Mr. Yewell. After all of the evidence was presented, the jury left the court room and proceeded to the race track in order to better understand the testimony. Nevertheless, were unable to reach a verdic. When the court was informed of that fact, the sheriff was ordered to keep them in confinement without bread, drink, candle or fire until a decision was reached. A digital image of the last will and testament is found on Virginia Pioneers

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