23 August 2013

A Fugitive From Louisiana Territory Justice

A tidbit from the Territorial Records of Illinois that mentioned Meriwether Lewis and a fugitive all in one paragraph:

Source [Also here]

August 24th. [1809]

On the demand of His Excellency, Meriwether Lewis, Governor of the Louisiana Territory, of the body of Simon Vanorsdale, a fugitive from justice, charged, by an indictment found, with having assaulted and wounded an officer of the District of St. Louis in the execution of his office, and stating that the said fugitive had taken refuge in the Illinois Territory.  The Secretary, exercising the government in the absence of the Governor, issued his warrant directed to the Sheriff of St. Clair County requiring him to apprehend the said fugitive pursuant to the law of the United States in that case made and provided.

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