Pierre Chouteau vs. Edward Hempstead
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LouisianaLouisiana territory
District of Louis

PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau by Wm O AllenWilliam O Allen his attorney
complains of EdwardEdward Hempstead HempsteadEdward Hempstead administrator of all and
singular the goods & chattels, rights and credits, lands, tenements
which were of Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis late of the district a-
foresaid decreased at the time of his death, who died
intestate (as it is said) for this to wit, that whereas
the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis in his life time, that is
to say on the fifteenth day of May in the year eighteenth hundred and nine at the District aforesaid accord
to the custom of Merchants in that respect used and
approved of, made & drew a certain Bill of Exchange
in writing bearing date the day and year aforesaid
upon one The Honbl the Secretary of War of the U StatesUnited States
and by the said Bill required the said secretary
at War of the U StatesUnited States three days after sight to pay
to the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau the sum of four
hundred and forty dollars value
and there delivered the said Bill the said PeterPierre Chouteau
ChouteauPierre Chouteau which said Bill the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau
afterwards to wit on the sixteenth day of October
in the year of our Lord eight hundred and nine
at the District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia county of WashingtonWashington
showed and presented to the said secretary at

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War of the U'States for his acceptance thereof, and
then and there required him to accept the same,
but the said Secretary at War of the U'States did
not then and there, or at any time whatsoever accept
the said Bill, and then and there wholly refused
ever to accept the same (by ) that the same
would not be paid, the drawer having no authority
to draw" and afterwards to wit on the same day and
last aforesaid the said Secretary at War
of the U'States refused ever to pay the same, whereof
the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis to wit on the tenth day of november eighteen hundred & nine had notice, and
whereof the said EdwardEdward Hempstead HempsteadEdward Hempstead administrator
after the death of the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis had also
on the tenth day of June eighteen hundred and ten
notice; By reason of which premises, and according
to the custom and by the Law of Merchants and the
the acts of the legislature of the territory of LouisianaLouisiana
the intestate in his life time became liable
to pay to the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau the sum of four
hundred & forty dollars in the said Bill specified
when he the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis should be
thereunto afterwards requested together with the cost
on the amount of the said