John Baptiste Prevert v. Manuel Lisa
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Northern CircuitJuly Term 1815

John BaptisteJohn Baptiste Prevertpresent by his attorney
complains of ManuelManuel Lisa LisaManuel Lisa in a plea of trespass on
the case for that whereas on the fifteenth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen
in the county of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis at the town of St LouisSt Louis
the said John waspossessed of in his own right the
following goods and chattels to wit thirty two beaver
skins of the value of four dollors each of six racoon
skins of the value of fifty cents each and of eight buffaloe
Robes of the value of five dollars each and the said John
being so possessed as aforesaid at the time and place aforesaid
afterwards to wit on the same day and year aforesaid
casually lost the aforesaid goods and chattels out of
his possession and the said ManuelManuel afterwards to wit
on the same day and year aforesaid at the place afore
said got and came to the possession of the same goods
and chattels by finding and the said ManuelManuel
knowing the premises and that the said goods & chattels
do of right belong to the said John but intending to cheat the said John hath hitherto
wholly failed and refused to deliver the same to the said
John altho often thereto afterwards requested by the said
John to wit on the twentieth day of June in the year
aforesaid But the said ManuelManuel did afterwards to wit
on the day last aforesaid the aforesaid
goods & chattels to his own uses and benefit wherefor
the said John says he is injured and has sustained one
hundred and eighty dollars damage

and whereas the said John on the first day of
January in the year aforesaid was possessed of in his
own right of other the following goods and chattels at
a place called the in the county of St LouisSt Louis
one brown horse gelding of the value of seventy dollors (and