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C[harles] C. Coxe to [MVB], 22 May 1819


Selah Cole a material witness in a very important prosecution of which I have charge in the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the peace of the County of Philadelphia, has ^I have been informed^ been seduced in to the State of N York & committed to prison in Monticello Sullivan County, <under> the oath of Charles A Mitchell a man well known in the Criminal Courts of New York & Philadelphia. His The character ^of Mitchell^ will appear on reference to the 46th. page of the ^1st. vol of the^ City Hall recorder. Selah Cole has been of essential service to the administration of justice in exposing many forgers and others whose operations extended over the continent, & is now bound to testify in the Courts of Oyer & Terminer & General Quarter Sessions of this County & in the Mayor's court of the City of Philadelphia in different prosecutions. His present imprisonment is no doubt the result of a comspiracy^bination^ to deprive the Commonwealth of his testimony. An attorney named Thomas Bigelow was found guilty at the last Court of Quarter Sessions of the <2d> of a conspiracy to seduce this Selah Cole from the prosecution of the celebrated Anson Smith Charged on twenty nine bills with forgery. A new trial was granted on account of some misconduct of the jury and the case will be tried again at the June Sessions & ^which will be^ commencing on the first Monday of that Month. It is extremely important that we should have the benefit of Cole's presence at that trial. I have written a letter directed to the Sheriff of Sullivan County enclosing another directed to the "Deputy Attorney General for Sullivan County" requesting him to write to me immediately, whether, Cole can be delivered to an officer who will be sent on with a bail price for him. If you will can with propriety order a nolle prosequi in the case & the delivery of Cole to an officer of Pennsylvania ^this State^ his you will confer a favor render a service to ^confer a favor on^ the department of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and render a service to the administration of Justice.

I have the honor to be &c.

C. S. Coxe

for the Atty Genl &c.

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Source: PHi Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection: Tench Coxe Papers (PHi)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)