Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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QuebecQuebec. Ss.GeorgeGeorge the Third by the Grace of
God, of Great Britain, France and
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith,
and so forth;

To our trusty and
well beloved WilliamWilliam Hey, Esquire,
Greeting

.

Know Ye, that He, having taken
into our royal consideration your loyalty,
integrity, and ability, have assigned,
constituted, and appointed, and we do
hereby assign, constitute and appoint you,
the said WilliamWilliam Hey, our Chief Justice
of and in our Province of Quebee, in
AmericaAmerica, so enquire, by the Oaths of honest
and lawful Men of the Province afore-
said, and by other lawful ways, methods
and means, by which you can or may
the better know, as well within liberties
as without, of whatsoever [ treasons ], mis
prisions of treason, insurrections, rebellions,
murders, felonies, homicides, Killings,
burglaries, rapes of women, unlawful
congregations and assemblies, words spoken,
misprisions, confederacies, false allegations,
trespasses, riots, routs, escapes, contempts,
falsities, negligencies, concealments, main-
senances, oppressions, Champarlies, deceits,
and other misdoings, offences, and
injuries

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injuries whatsoever; as also of the acces-
saries thereto within the province aforesaid,
as well within liberties as without, by
whomsoever and howsoever had, done,
perpetrated or committed, or which here-
after may happen to be done, perpetrated
or committed, and by whom, to whom,
when, where, and how, and of all other
articles and circumstances the premises, or
any of them, any wise concerning; and
the said treasons and other the premises
to hear and determine, according to the
law and custom of that part of
Kingdom of Great BritainBritain called EnglandEngland, and of
our said province of QuebecQuebec hereafter
to be made.

Therefore we command, that at such
certain days and places as you shall
appoint, you make diligent inquiry
of the premises; and all and singular
the premises you hear and determine;
and the same do and fulfil in form
aforesaid, doing therein that which to
justice doth belong or appertain, according
to the law and custom of that part
of our Kingdom of Great BritainBritain called
EnglandEngland, and of our said Province ofProvince of Quebec
QuebecProvince of Quebec hereafter to be made; saving to
us our americanments and other things
thereby to us belonging: for we will -
command