Bachman & Skinner and on behalf of JS, Plea, , IL, 20 May 1844, F. M. Higbee v. JS–B (Hancock Co., IL, Circuit Court 1844); handwriting of ; docket by , [, IL, 20 May 1844]; docket by unidentified scribe, [ca. 20 May 1844]; notation by , [, Hancock Co., IL], 21 May 1844; notation by James M. Campbell, [, McDonough Co., IL], 12 Aug. 1844; three pages; McDonough County Circuit Court Files, Illinois Regional Archives Depository vault, Archives and Special Collections, Leslie F. Malpass Library, Western Illinois University, Macomb. Includes seal.
And the said defendant now comes and prays judgment of the said writ and declaration because he says that before the Commencement of this suit to wit, on the first day of May AD eighteen hundred and forty four the issued a Writ of out of the <said> Circuit Court of the County of aforesaid against the defendant in an action of the Case, whereby the said Court Commanded, to wit,
“State of Illinois)
To the The People of the State of , To the of said Greeting:
We Command you that you take Joseph Smith if he be found in your and him safely keep, so that you have his body before the Circuit Court of said County of on the first day of the next term thereof, to be holden at the Court House in on the third Monday in the month of May Inst to answer of a plea of the Case damage the sum of Five Thousand dollars, as he says. And have you then and there this writ, and make return thereon in what manner you execute the same. [p. ]