Thomas Jones v. Joseph Lewis, Sheriff of New Madrid
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To the Honorable the
Judges of the General
Court, of LouisianaLouisianaTerritory
sitting in chancery
humbly complaining
unto you honors

That your orator Thomas JonesThomas Jones of
the Borough of IndianaIndiana
territory who is now, and has been,
for a long time a merchant, engaged
in the vending of goods, did
in the year of 1806 sell to and
commence a correspondence with two
Indian men of the Cherokee nation
by the names of WilliamWilliam
and John Hill/alias/Coniture
residents within your Territory and
your orator continued to sell to the
said Indians, and to credit then for
a part amount of the sales and

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to receive pay from them, in the
ordinary way of trade, from year, to
year, untill the summer of 1809, when
by the a proceedure as illegal as injust
the aforesaid Indians were by the machine
of many evil designed persons a
misuse, and as to be totally
unable to pay your orator a large
sum of money which was then
due him for goods previous to that
time sold and delivered to them; as
will fully appear by reference
to a petition marked as No. I and
to documents therein referred to all
of which is prayed to be taken as
part of this his bill.

By the documents above mentioned,
your honors will discover, that
archives of no country, where
governs, nor the records of no court
on judicial tribunal where a due