John Filion v. Pierre Chouteau, Jr.
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1832.

St Louis County to wit JohnJohn Filion FilionJohn Filion complains of
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau Junior of a plea of trespass in the
case upon promises: whereas the said ChouteanChoutean
heretofore to wit on the tenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty eight
at St LouisSt Louis aforesaid did by a certain instruction
writing (which the plffcannot present in court because
the same is in the power & possession of the Deft)
promise & agree in consideration that he the said FilionFilion
at St LouisSt Louis aforesaid would enter into the second of the
American Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company (of which said company
the ChouteauChouteau then was & now is an agent & director at
St LouisSt Louis for the waters of the MissouriMissouri) for the term
of one year from the last mentioned date & would serve
in the same in the business of trapping he the oneChouteauChouteau
undertook & then & there promised to pay the said FilionFilion
for his wages in the service of the
company the sum of two hundred & sixty dollars
at the expriation of one year from the one last mentioned
date. and the said FilionFilion says that in pursuance of said
written instrument & obligation he the one FilionFilion did im-
mediately enter into the serviced employ of said Am-
erican Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company & faithfully served the said Co.
in the business of trapping for one whole year next

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following the mentioned date to wit the first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty eight of which service to the said
ChouteauChouteau had due notice.

And whereas also heretofore to wit on the day & year
last aforesaid at St LouisSt Louis aforesaid in condersation that
he the said FilionFilion would contribute other his work labour
& services for & in behalf of the American Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company
in the business of trapping he the said ChouteauChouteau (one
of the directors & partners of the American Fur Co. as
aforesaid) undertook & then & there faithfully promised
to pay the one FilionFilion so much money as he
therefore reasonably deserved to have of the ChoteauChoteau
for any length of time which he might continue in
the service of ChouteauChouteau whenever he the said
ChouteauChouteau should be there unto afterwards requested.
And the said FilionFilion that in the promise of
undertaking of the ChouteauChouteau he entered into the
service & employement of ChouteauChouteau & remained
& continued in the same for the space of four years
& a half from the last mentioned date & that his
labor & services which were contributed in favor of said
ChouteauChouteau were reasonably worth the fullest sum of
two thousand dollars of whichChouteauChouteau since had notice.