Thomas L. Smith vs. Pierre Chouteau Jr.
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State of MissouriMissouri
County Saint LouisSt Louis


Deposition of witnesses pro=
duced sworn and examined, in pursuance
of a notice hereto annexed, on the fourth day of april eighteen hundred and thirty five before me
D HoughD Hough a justice of the peace within and for the
county aforesaid, at my office in the City of SaintSt Louis
LouisSt Louis, in a certain cause now pending in the Cir=
cuit Court for the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis & State
aforesaid between Thomas L SmithThomas L Smith Plaintiff
and Pierre Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr defendant on
the part of the defendant

LucianLucinda Fontenelle being produced sworn
and examined on the part of the defendant
deposeth & saith that, at the request of
Peirre Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr Am: Fur Co. he took
charge of the effects of that company which
had formerly been under the charge of Mr
Vanderburg which was in July eighteen hun=dred and thirty one - witness being shown a Book
identifies it as a Book of accounts Kept by ManuelManuel
Alverez Clerk of the Am: Fur: Co in which Book
at page 122 is entered an account a copy of
which is hereto annexed marked DH and makes, part of
this deposition. The whole of the account is in
the hand writing of said Alvarez the clerk who con=
tinued to act as clerk and book keeper after witness
took charge of the effects - the value of Beaver,
traps was twelve dollars each - Beaver Skins
five dollars apiece - the above transactions
took place in the Indian Country east of the
RockyRocky mountains

Witness says he took charge of the effects after

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the death of Mr Vanderburg - among those
effects was the Book above referred to, and
at that time the account of said SmithSmith was
in the same State in which it appears in
the Copy hereto annexed - witness knows
nothing of said account except what
appears from the Book - Witness being
questioned as to what the memorandum at
the foot of the account âLanglade &
Moses Harris report" means, says that
they were hands in the employ of the Com=
pany at that time, and witness understands
by it that the ânotaâ containing charges of traps was made
out on their report - Langlade & HarrisHarris
had been out with SmithSmith - hands employed
by the company were generally furnished
with traps - Witness thinks he took charge
of the effects in July eighteen hundred and thirty one

Sworn to & Subscribed before
me this 4th day of April 1835 -

D HoughD Hough J.P..

L. Fontenelle