Rebel's statement from Gabriel's Conspiracy
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On September 25, 1804, several years after the trials and executions of Gabriel and his fellow conspirators, Robert Sutcliff, a visitor to Virginia, noted the lingering specter of the insurrection.
Sutcliff recorded in his journal a story conveyed to him by a local lawyer. In the midst of his trial, an unnamed conspirator was said to have told his accusers, "I have nothing more to than what General Washington would have had to offer, had he been taken by the British and put to trial by them."
Sutcliff's journal, "Travels in Some Parts of North America, in the Years 1804, 1805, & 1806" was published in Philadelphia in 1812.
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