Thomas L. Smith vs. Pierre Chouteau Jr.
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ManuelManuel Alvarez being produced sworn and examined on the
part of the plaintiff, deposes and says:

In the month of September eighteen hundred and thirty one
I was in the employment of the American Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company . I was
sent from Yellow Stone River where there was an establishment
of the company, to the mountains where the Company had a
party of men under the charge of Mr HenryHenry Vanderberg, for the
purpose of serving as clerk. In posting up the books, I
observed that
nearly all the men were indebted, but that
Thomas L. SmithThomas L Smith
the plaintiff had a credit on the books of
fourteen hundred dollars or thereabouts, Thinking that perhaps
there might be error, I inquired of Mr Vanderberg and was
informed by him that the credit was correct, it being for beaver
and other articles which said SmithSmith had sold the company
and which were at the establishment on the Yellow Stone river
SmithSmith left the camp in the mountains in the same month