by Lisa Y. Henderson

AIDING A SLAVE TO ESCAPE. – William Mayes, a free negro from North Carolina, was tried by the Hustings Court, yesterday, on the charge of advising Henry, slave to E.H. Stokes & Co., to escape from his owners, on the 26th of July last, and accompany him to North Carolina. Henry, the slave, testified that the prisoner had invited him to return to Carolina and promised to pay his passage to that State. Judge Crump appeared for the prisoner, and defended him with marked ability; Mr. Daniel prosecuting on behalf of the Commonwealth. At the conclusion of the argument, the prisoner was acquitted, three of the Justices believing him guilty and two of them deciding he was not.

The Daily Dispatch, Richmond VA, 12 August 1857.