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Introduction to State of Illinois v. Unknown Defendant

State of Illinois v. Unknown Defendant
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 19 June 1840
 
Historical Introduction
On or about 19 June 1840, JS filed a complaint before , a , Illinois, justice of the peace. In the complaint, JS accused an unidentified man—evidently providing a physical description—of swindling. Based upon the complaint, Wells issued a warrant for the man’s arrest, deputizing a “Carnes” to serve it. If the defendant had been apprehended, Wells would have presided over a preliminary examination to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to send the case to the circuit court in , Illinois. The culprit was apparently not found, as Wells did not record the outcome in his docket book.
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with another court, that version is listed under both courts.
State of Illinois v. Unknown Defendant
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Justice of the Peace Court, 19 June 1840
 
Historical Introduction
On or about 19 June 1840, JS filed a complaint before , a , Illinois, justice of the peace. In the complaint, JS accused an unidentified man—evidently providing a physical description—of swindling. Based upon the complaint, Wells issued a warrant for the man’s arrest, deputizing a “Carnes” to serve it. If the defendant had been apprehended, Wells would have presided over a preliminary examination to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to send the case to the circuit court in , Illinois. The culprit was apparently not found, as Wells did not record the outcome in his docket book.
 
Calendar of Documents
This calendar lists all known documents created by or for the court, whether extant or not. It does not include versions of documents created for other purposes, though those versions may be listed in footnotes. In certain cases, especially in cases concerning unpaid debts, the originating document (promissory note, invoice, etc.) is listed here. Note that documents in the calendar are grouped with their originating court. Where a version of a document was subsequently filed with another court, that version is listed under both courts.