Peter Chouteau vs. Meriwether Lewis
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no 30

St LouisSt Louis Com pleas
March Term 1812

PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau
vs
Lewis' administrator
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Territory of LouisianaLouisiana
District of St LouisSt Louis

The United StatesUnited States of
AmericaAmerica to the Sheriff of the District
of St LouisSt Louis Greeting

We command you to summon EdwardEdward Hempstead HempsteadEdward Hempstead administrator of Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis to appear before the
judges of our Court of common pleas to be holden in the town
of St. LouisSt Louis in and for the district of St LouisSt Louis on the first
monday in March next to answer unto PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau
of a plea of Debt of eighty one Dollars and to the our
age of the Lewis Chouteau two hundred and fifty
dollars and have you then there this writ

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Witness the honbl. SamuelSamuel Hammond HammondSamuel Hammond
presiding judge of our said court
at the town of St LouisSt Louis this 8th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve and of our Independence
the thirty sixth

CCCP

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â "Endorsed" " PPierre Chouteau . ChouteauPierre Chouteau pay JohnDavidsonDavidson â
â "Jacob Phillipeon""

Copy of the Protest
" District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
county of WashingtonWashington

sct.

Be it known that on the
seventeenth day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine. I HenryHenry
notary public for the county aforesaid, residing in the city
of WashingtonWashington, in the said county duly
and at the request of M. John DavidsonDavidson presented
to D WilliamWilliam Pistis secretary at war above mentioned,
the original Bill whereof the above is a true copy, the
time limited for payment of the said Bill being,
expired since acceptance thereof was demanded by our
the said Notary and demanded of said Secretary of war
payment of the sum of money in the said Bill specified whereunto he accused that he would not pay the same
because the drawer had no authority to drawâ.

Wherefore the said notary at the request aforesaid
have protested and by these presents protest as
will against the drawer of the said Bill, as all others whom
if doth or may concern, for all legal interest, damages, cost
and changes which have accrued, on which may accrue by
reason of the nonpayment of the said sum of money
according to the of the said Bill. Thus done and
protested at the city of WashingtonWashington, the day and year aforesaid

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In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my
hand my notarial seal of office

signed

Legend

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notice $1-
protesters 1.70
1.75
material copy 1-
$ 5.45

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And also the following protest

âI PeterPeter Notary Public for the
Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania, residing in the city of
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, by lawful authority duly
and , do hereby Cirtefy and attest unto all
whome it doth or may concern that the foregoing are
time and faithful copies of an Original Bill and of the
protest for non payment thereof, produced unto me by Lewis Philipeon there in named , and the holden thereof .

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In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and affixed my notarial seal the twenty first day of July 1809.â

(signed)

"PeterPeter NPâ

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No 30

St. LouisSt Louis
Com Pleas
March Term 1812

Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau vs LewisLewis admin".

This is an
action of
debt for
money due on a protested
Bill of Exchange of
eighty one dollars will cost
â charges together with
two hundred and fifty
dollars damage . let a
a summons issueaccord-
ingly.

AllenAllen p.q.


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Executed.


A McNairA McNair Sheriff


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ThuJanuary 9th 1812

A McNairA McNair Sheriff

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District of St. LouisSt Louis

PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau by WilliamWilliam AllenAllen
his attorney complains of Edward HempsteadEdward Hempstead Administrator
of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights & credits, lands
and tenements which were of MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis late of the
district aforesaid deceased, at the time of his death, who died
intestate (as it is said, for this to wit, that whereas the said
MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis in his life time, that is to say on the
sixteenth day of june in the year eighteen hundred and nine at the district aforesaid, according to the custom of
merchants in that respect used and approved of, made â drew a certain Bill of Exchange in writing ,brailing date
the day and year aforesaid, upon our Dr.WilliamWilliam
PustisPustis secretary at war, and by the said bill required
the said Dr.WilliamWilliam PustisPustis secretary at war three days after sight to pay
to the said Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau
the sum of eighty one dollars,
value received and then and there delivered the said bill
to the said Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau which said bill the said Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau afterwards to wit on the seventeenth day of July in the year eighteen hundred and nine at the District ofDistrict of Columbia
ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia. County of WashingtonCounty of Washington, shared and presented to the
said Dr.WilliamWilliam PustisPustis secretary of war for his acceptance
thereof, and then and there required him to accept the same,
but the said Dr.WilliamWilliam PustisPustis secretary of War, did not
then and there, or at anytime whatever, accept the said
Bill, and then and there wholly refused to accept
the same (by answering "that he would not pay the same" because the drawer had no authority to draw".â and afterwards
to wit on the same day & year last aforesaid the said Dr.
WilliamWilliam PustisPustis secretary of War wholly refused to pay
the same, whereof the MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis to wit on the
tenth day of August in the year eighteen hundred and nine had notice
and whereof the said EdwardEdward Hempstead HempsteadEdward Hempstead administrator
after the death of the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis had also
on the tenth day of June in the year eighteen hundred and ten Notice; By reason of which premises and according
to the custom and by the law of merchants, the said intestate
in his life time because liable to pay to the Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau
the sum of eighty one dollars in the said bill specified

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when he the said MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis should be thereunto afterwards
requested together with the cost of protest and six per cent on the
amount of the said sum of eighty one dollars, and being so liable he the said MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis in consideration thereof, afterwards, to wit
the same day and year last aforesaid, at the said District of
of St LouisSt Louis and within the jurisdiction of this Court, undertook, and
then and there faithfully promised the said Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau to pay
him the said sum of money in the said Bill contained together
with the cost of protest the six percent as above expressed
when the said Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis should be thereunto afterwards
requested and the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau that he did on
a day thereafter to wit on the twelth day of august in year eighteen hundred and nine at the district last aforesaid , who then
and there requested of the said intestate in his life time
payment of the said sum of eighty one dollars, cost of
protest and the six per cent as aforesaid who refused to
pay the same or any part thereof and the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau
also that he did after the death of the said MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis
LewisMeriwether Lewis apply to and demand payment of the said EdwardEdward Hempstead
HempsteadEdward Hempstead his administrator as aforesaid of the said sum
of eighty one dollars and cost of protest together with the said
six per cent thereon as aforesaid who also refused to pay the
same or any part thereof to him the said PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau or
to any other person or persons for his benefit; By reason whereof
and by force of the custom, Law of merchants and the salute
of this territory in such cases made and provided a right
hath accrued to the plaintiff to have and recover of the
said administrator defendant the said sum of eighty one
dollars, cost of protest teogether with the six per cent before mentioned and therefore he sues to his damage
two hundred & fifty dollars

AllenAllen p.q

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a copy of the bill of exchange mentioned in the foresawing declaration

" St LouisSt Louisjune 16th 1809â

âThree days after sight, my first of this tenor no and
â date remaining unpaid, pay to Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau on order
âthe sum of Eighty one dollars for value received as advice
of this date

your

MeriwetherMeriwether Lewis LewisMeriwether Lewis "


$81-

âDr.WilliamWilliam PustisPustis Secretary of War

â
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no. 30

St LouisSt Louis com. pleas
March Term 1812

PeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau vs
Louis adm.

This is
an action
of Debt

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Clerk -
Sheriff - 80
- 20
Tax -
Money 6.00