State of Missouri v. James Watt
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December Term Eighteen Hundred and Twenty â

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
St Louis County to wit

The jurors for the state of MissouriMissouri
upon their oaths present that James WattJames Watt late of the sd
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Grocer on the first day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty with
force and arms at the county of St LouisSt Louis aforesaid, A large
quantity of Beaver skins to wit: eighteen Packs of Bea
-ver skins of great value to wit of the value of Three
hundred dollars for each pack of the goods & Chattles of
Joshua PilcherJoshua Pilcher , Joseph PerkinsJoseph Perkins , AndrewAndrew Woods, Moses
Carson , John B TanoneJohn B & Thomas HempsteadThomas Hempstead , the
surviving partners of a company of fur traders, trading
under the style and firm of "the Missouri Fur CompanyMissouri Fur Company "
then and there being found, feloniously did steal take &
carry away contrary to the form of the statute in such
case made and provided and against the peace &
DignityDignity of the ( United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica) & of the
State â

And the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid
do further present that the said James WattJames Watt on the first day of July in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty with force and arms, at St LouisSt Louis in the County afore
said unlawfully and unjustly did receive & have a large
quality of Beaver skins to wit eighteen packs of Beaver
skins of great value to wit of the value of Three hundred
dollars for each pack and a large quantity of Racoon
skins to wit Two packs of Racoon skins of great val
-ue to wit of the value of one Hundred dollars for each
pack of the goods and Chattles of Joshua PilcherJoshua Pilcher , Jo
-seph Perkins, AndrewAndrew Woods, Moses CarsonMoses Carson Tanone , JohnJohn B
BJohn B . TanoneMoses Carson Tanone , & Thomas HempsteadThomas Hempstead , the survivings

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partners of a company of Fur Traders, using the style
& firm of the MissouriMissouri fur Company", then lately
before feloniously stolen taken & carried away by
the GeorgeGeorge Late the slave of Manuel LisaManuel Lisa Deceased
he the said James WattJames Watt then & There well knowing
the same to be stolen & unlawfully come by Con
trary to form of the the Statute in such case made & provided
& against the Peace & DignityDignity of the ( United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica) and of the State.

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Decr 1820

The State of MissouriMissouri
vsJames WattJames Watt
Indt
for
Larcery
& Receiving Stolen Goods

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
State of MissouriMissouri

Be it remembered that on the ninth day of October in
the forty fifth year of the independance of the United StatesUnited States
of A.ca and the first of this common wealth (A. D. 1820)
before as P. WalshP Walsh and Francis M. Gryal, two parties
of the peace within and for said county personally appeared
JamesJames A AJames A .WattWatt . as principal and Robert WattRobert Watt
Moses ScottMoses Scott , Thomas Heely, SamuelSamuel R. Ober of the county
who acknowledged themselves to be indebted to the stateâ
of MissouriMissouri, that is to say, the said JamesJames A AJames A .WattWatt
in the sum of One thousand dollars and the said
Robert WattRobert Watt , Moses ScottMoses Scott , Thomas Heely and SamuelSamuel R. Ober each and
every of them in the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars to
be levied upon each of their goods and chattels, lands and
tenements upon the following condition to wit: that the
aforesaid bounden JamesJames A AJames A .WattWatt , that be and
appear before the next circuit count, on the first dayâ
of the term thereof, said court to be holden at the
town of St. LouisSt Louis, on the first monday in December,
then and show to answer an indictment to be
to the grand jury for and that he shall not depart
said court until he be discharged or by leave of said
court, then this Recognisance to be made and
null else to in full force and virtue

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at law as is within expand and contained â

Signed and Sealed before us
on the date aforesaid

James WattJames Watt

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seal

John. Watt

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seal

MosesMoses Scott ScottMoses Scott

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seal

Thomas Heely

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seal

J. M. P.

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seal

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Personally appeared before us P. WalshP Walsh and Francis M. Guyol
two justices of the peace in the said county, Robert Walsh Arthew is
who made oath that he was present at the office of JohnJohn R Guy
RJohn R Guy . GuyJohn R Guy when the three packs of beaver, found in the possession
of JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt were deposited at the office and in the
case of said John Greg a petition of the peace. â and
further affiant sayth not.â

Sworn to and Subscribed before us
this 9th day of October 1820

Robert WattRobert Watt

P.

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seal

F. M. J.

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Habeas Corpus
for JamesJames Watt
WattJames Watt

In pursuance of the with
in writ I have here
with the body of JamesJames Watt
WattJames Watt who was committed
to jail by John R Gay
a Justice of the peace
within & for the county
of St LouisSt Louis August the 2 nd
day of August 1820 one
charge of having been
found in possession of a
quantity of stolen Beaver
skins and I also here
with have the warrant
of his has commitment
9th October 1820

Edmund J. Brown
D Shff

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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
State of MissouriMissouri

to the keeper of the jail of the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis
Greeting

We Francis M. Guyol and P. WalshP Walsh two justices of the
peace, in and for the County and township aforesaid â
command you, that the body of JamesJames A AJames A WattWatt now in the
jail of this county, under your cus tody, as it is said
detained under safe and secure conduct, together with
the day and cause of his being taken and detained, by
whatever name the said JamesJames A AJames A .WattWatt may be
charged in the same, you have before us, at the office
of said P. WalshP Walsh , in the town of St. LouisSt Louis on this day
at the hour of ten in the morning, then and there
to submit to and receive whatsoever we shall
consider on that behalf. Given under our hands
and seals this ninth day of October eighteen hundred and twenty.

F. M. Guyol J P.

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P. WalshP Walsh J. P.

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seal
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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. LouisSt Louis countyGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph PerkinsJoseph Perkins John SimondsJohn Simonds Jr jr
C. CurtisCurtis John BackusJohn Backus

that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our circuit
court on theforthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff, and James WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 18th day of Decr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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The State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt
for

JosJos Perkins PerkinsJos Perkins
John Simonds JrJohn Simonds Jr .
C. CurtisCurtis
John BackusJohn Backus

for plaintiff
forthwith
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Joseph PerkinsJoseph Perkins

C. CurtisCurtis & JohnJohn Backus

BackusJohn Backus not
found in my
county. served
this writ on John
R. Simonds
jr in St LouisSt Louis
20th december
1820

IsaacIsaac C. McGirkMcGirk

1 Service 33 non Ests 1.50 $ 1.83
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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joshua PilcherJoshua Pilcher Thomas HempsteadThomas Hempstead
J. Ramsey Michael M. Immell
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our circuit
court on theforthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and James WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 18th day of Decemr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & Twentyday of

A. GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ.
On James RamseyJames Ramsey On the 18th an
ThomasThomas Hemp-
stead on the
20th Decer 1840
JoshuaJoshua Pitcher
&& M. E. Immell
not found

John K. WalkerJohn K Walker
Dshff

Service 66 ests 1.00 travel 6 $ 1.72
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The State of MissouriMissouri
vs.
James WattJames Watt
for

Joshua PilcherJoshua Pilcher
Thomas HempsteadThomas Hempstead
James RamseyJames Ramsey
MichaelMichael M Immell

for plaintiff
forthwith
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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon WarnerWarner Francis Denil
Pascal DenilPascal Denil
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on theForthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 18th day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ on TobeyWarner
and Francis Denil
on the 18th Dec
1830 Pascal DenilPascal Denil
not found
John K WalkerJohn K Walker
dshff

Service- 66
50
.6
$ 1.22

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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt

for
Tobey warner
Francis Denil
Pascal DenilPascal Denil
for plaintiff
forthwith

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph LabargeJoseph Labarge
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay he be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on theforthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the Defendant and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this >18th day of Decr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Joseph LabargeJoseph Labarge
not found
Johhn K. WalkerK Walker
Dshff

non est. 50

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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt

for
Joseph LabargeJoseph Labarge
for Defendant
forthwith

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Abraham Beck HughHugh Oneil
JeremiahJeremiah Connor ConnorJeremiah Connor PeterPeter Halderman-

that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on theforthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the Defendant and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 18th day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ
on PeterPeter Halderman
and Jerh Connor
on the 18th Decr
1820 on HughHugh
Neal on the 19th
A Beck not
found

E J.Brown
Dshff

99
50
6
$ 1.55
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt

for
Abraham Beck
HughHugh ONeil
JeremiahJeremiah Connor ConnorJeremiah Connor
PeterPeter Halderman
for Defendant
forthwith

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of S LouisS Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joshua PilcherJoshua Pilcher ThomasThomas Hemp

stead J Ramsey Micheal M Immel.
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and JamesJames Watt WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 20th day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
JoshuaJoshua Pitcher
Thoms Hempstead
James RamseyJames Ramsey
Mich E Immel
for plaintiff
December 4th

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not executed for
want of time.

4 non ests $ 2.00

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph LabargeJoseph Labarge
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay he be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and Jos. Watt is defendant on the part of
the Defendant and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
Joseph LabargeJoseph Labarge
for Deft
December 4th

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not executed for
want of time.
Jos. C BrownBrown Shff

non .50

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph PerkinsJoseph Perkins JohnJohn Simonds Jr SimondsJohn Simonds Jr jr
C CurtisCurtis John BackusJohn Backus
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and James WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the Plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
Jos. Perkins
JohnJohn Simonds Jr SimondsJohn Simonds Jr JrJohn Simonds Jr
C CurtisCurtis
John BackusJohn Backus
for plaintiff
December 4th

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not Executed for
want of time.

Jos.C BrownBrown Dshff

4 Ests $ 2.00

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Tobey Warner Francis Denil
Pascal DenilPascal Denil
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and James WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the Plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
Tobey Warner
Francis Denil
Pascal DenilPascal Denil
for plaintiff
December 4th

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not served
in consequence
of the charge
of court

John K.WalkerJohn K Walker

3 non Est $ 1.50

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of S LouisS Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Abraham Beck HughHugh Oneil
JeremiahJeremiah Connor ConnorJeremiah Connor PeterPeter Halderman
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the Fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and Jas Watt is defendant on the part of
the Defendant and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twenty day of

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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not served in
consequence of the
change of court
John K.WalkerJohn K Walker
dshff

4 non Ests. $ 2.00

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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
Abr. Beck
HughHugh O Neil
JeremiahJeremiah Connor ConnorJeremiah Connor
PeterPeter Halderman
for Deft
December 4th

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of S LouisS Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Masey Davis SamuelSamuel D Woolerd
Robert WattRobert Watt PeterPeter Kinkaid
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and Jamess WattWatt is defendant on the part of
the Defendant and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Masey Davis
Samuel Woolard
Robert WattRobert Watt
PeterPeter Kinkaid
not found in
my county

H M
dshff

4 2.00
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State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
Masiy Davis
Samuel Woolard
Robert WattRobert Watt
PeterPeter Kinkaid
for Defendant
December 4th

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of S LouisS Louis countyâGreeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon W F S Borden Samuel Willard
James KennedyJames Kennerly and William Savage
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the fourth day of December at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein The StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and James WattJames Watt is defendant on the part of
the plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 21st day of Novr in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twentyday of

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ
on William- Savage on the
4th day of December
1820 by reading
it to him in the
Township of St LouisSt Louis

E.F.Brown
Shff

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The State of MissouriMissouri
vs
James WattJames Watt

for
W F S Borden
Sam Willard
James Kinnerly
William Savage
for plaintiff
December 4th

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Served this writ
on W. F. S. Borden
on the 8th day
of December 1820
by reading it to
him in the Township of St LouisSt Louis &
on James Kinnerly
on the 12th day of December 1820 by
reading it to him
in the Township of St LouisSt Louis

Willard
not found before
this return day hereof

I. C. McGirkMcGirk
Dsff

Service & travel 1.06 1 non Est 50 $ 1.56