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Y continent quedadose en la sala el dicho D.n Fernando Rodriguez su Señoria mando com- parecer al Negro Santiago esclavo de Mi guel el Joven de quienes su Señoria por ante mi el Escrivano recivio juramento que lo hicieron el memorado Rodriguez por Dios y la Santa Cruz, y el Negro por Dios en cuya existencia cree, bajo el que ofreccieron decir verdad en lo que supieren y fueren preguntados, y haviendo el dicho Rodriguez leido en frances criollo al dicho Negro su declaracion dada en punta cortada desde la primera pregunta hasta la ultima respuesta, la que corre y comienza a foxas sesenta y cinco se reconocio que el Negro Santiago habla y entiende bien dicho idio ma, ratificandose en lo que tiene confe- sado ante el Senor Theniente Goberna- dor y Auditor de Guerra y responde----
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And in continuation with the said Don Fernando Rodriguez staying in the room his Honor ordered the Black Santiago slave of Miguel el Joven (‘the young’) to appear from whom his Honor before me the Scribe received the oath that the aforementioned Rodriguez made before God and the Holy Cross, and the Black before God in whose existence he believes, under which they agreed to tell the truth as they knew it and were asked, and with the said Rodriguez having read in creole French to the said Black his declaration given in punta cortada from the first question to the last response, which goes from and begins on page sixty five it was understood that the Black Santiago speaks and understands this language well, confirming what he had confessed before the Lieutenant Governor and Judge-Advocate and he responds--

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