Frederick Laboue v. Pierre Chouteau Jr.
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the fifteenth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred & thirty one, at the County aforesaid,
in consideration that the plaintiff, at the special
instance & request of the defendant, had then & there
engaged & bound himself to serve the defendant
as a clerk & trader, in his the defendant's commerce
with the indians, for the term of three years, the said
defendant undertook & then & there faithfully pro=
=mised the plaintiff, to keep & retain him the plaintiff
in the service & employment of him the defendant,
as a clerk & trader, in his the defendant's commerce
with the indians, for the term of three year then
next following, and to pay him, yearly & at the
end of every year of said term the sum of five
hundred dollars and a suit of fine clothes. And
the said plaintiff avers, that in pursuance of his said
engagement, & in confidence of the promise & undertaking
of the defendant, last aforesaid, he did then & there
enter into the service of the said defendant, and served
him as a clerk & trader, in his commerce with the
indians, for a long time, to wit one whole year, and
was then & there ready & willing, & did offer to continue
to serve the said defendant during the whole term
of three years as aforesaid, as such clerk & trader,
yet the said defendant, not regarding his promise &
undertaking, did not nor would keep & retain the
said plaintiff in the service & employment of him
the defendant, as a clerk & trader as aforesaid

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for the term of three years as aforesaid, but on the contrary
thereof, afterwards to wit on the sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty two, at the county aforesaid, did dismiss & discard
the plaintiff from the service & employment of him
the defendant, as such clerk & trader, & from thence
hitherto has wholly refused & still does refuse to
keep & retain the plaintiff in his service employment
as aforesaid.

And also, for that whereas, heretofore to wit
on the twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty two, at the county aforesaid, in considera
=tion that the said defendant was then & there
indebted to the said plaintiff in a large sum of
money, to wit two thousand dollars, for the work
& labor care & diligence of him the said plaintiff
before that time done & performed for the defendant
at his request, and for goods, wares & merchandize
by the plaintiff before that time sold & delivered
to the defendant at his request, he the defendant,
undertook & then & there faithfully promised
the plaintiff to pay him the last mentioned
sum of money whenever he should
be thereunto afterwards requested yet the said
defendant, although often requested, has not
paid the same on any part thereof, but so to do
has hitherto wholly neglected refused, & still
does neglect & refuse.