Cherokee Phoenix

From the Norfolk Beacon, November 5

Published December, 3, 1831

Page 3 Column 2b

From the Norfolk Beacon, November 5.

JERUSALEM, [VA.] Oct. 31, 1831

GENTLEMEN:- Last night the 30th inst. about 9 o'clock, news reached our little village that General NAT was taken alive; to day, at a quarter after one o'clock, he reached this place (well guarded) and was delivered into the hands of James W. Parker and James Trezvant, gentlemen Justices, and after 1 2-1 or 2 hours close examination was committed to prison.-During all the examination, he evinced great intelligence ' much shrewdness of intellect, answering every question clearly and distinctly, and without confusion or prevarication; he acknowledged himself a coward, and said he was actuated to do what he did, from the influence of fanaticism; he says the attempt originated entirely with himself, and not known by any other Negroes but those to whom he revealed it a few days before, and then only 5 or 6 in number; he acknowledges now that the revelation was misinterpreted by him, and says it was revealed to him not to follow the inclination of his spirit-he is now convinced that he has done wrong, and advises all other Negroes not to follow his example. He was taken about 12 o'clock on Sunday, in a Cave that he had just finished and gotten into; and while in the very act of fixing the bushes and bows to cover him, a gentleman by the name of Benjamin Phipps, walked up near the spot, and was only led to examine it by accidentally seeing the bush shaken; after removing the covering he discovered Nat, and immediately pointed to kill him with his gun, but he exclaimed 'don't shoot, and I will give up,' he then threw his sword from the Cave, that being his only weapon, and came out, and went with Mr. Phipps until they reached some other gentlemen, when after staying at the Keys all night they proceeded here to-day. Respectfully, T. TREZNANT, P.M.