United States v. James Watt
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August Term 1820

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
St Louis County to wit:

The Jurrors for the United StatesUnited States of
AmericaAmerica for their oath present that James WattJames Watt late
of the aforesaid County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, grocer on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty wish force and arms at the county of St LouisSt Louis
aforesaid, Alarge quantity of Beaver skin, to wit eighteen
Packs of Beaver skins of great value to wit of the value
of three hundred dollars for each pack, of the goods &
chattles of certain person of the style and firm of the
Missouri Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company (but whose particular names are
to the Jurors aforesaid as yet unknown) the and there
being found, feloniously did steal take and carry away
to the form of the statute in such case made &
provided & against the peace and dignity of the UnitedUnited States
StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica.

And the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid
do further present that the said James WattJames Watt on the
first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty, with force and arms, at St LouisSt Louis
in the county aforesaid unlawfully and unjustly did receive
and have, a large quantity of beaver skins
to wit, eighteen packs of Beaver skins, of great value
to wit of the value, of three hundred dollars, for each
pack and a large quantity of Racoon skins to wit two
packs of Racoon skins of great value to wit: of the
value of one hundred dollars for each pack, of the goods
and chattles of certain persons using the style and firm
of the "Missouri FurMissouri Fur Company company" (but whose particular
names are as yet to the Jurors aforesaid unknown) the
lately before feloniously, stolen, taken, and carried away

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by one GeorgeGeorge the slave of ManuelManuel Lisa LizaManuel Lisa , he the said JamesJames Watt
WattJames Watt then and there knowing the same to be stolen, and
unlawfully come by, contrary to the statute in such case
made and provided and against the peace and dignity
of the United StateUnited States of AmericaAmerica

E BatesEdward Bates