| The Court of Quarter Sessions convened
at the "town of Arkansas"
on Monday, Dec. 4, 1809. Judges Francois
Vaugine and Joseph
Stillwell presided. John
Harvey was the clerk of the court. The deputy sheriff, Daniel
Mooney, brought in the return for
the writ of venire. The 24 men summoned
for grand jury duty were Samuel
T. Hickman, Christian
Forenash, John Hadley,
John Larkey, Joseph
Welborn, Tanas Racine,
John B. Dereauseau,
Peter Lefevre Jr.,
John B. Calliotte,
James Young, Louis
Frasier, and George
Fowler's name is last on the list and it is lined through. The jurors
had been required to be present on Monday. Absent were Louis Goussiou, Daniel
Frasier and George DeWault, who were fined four dollars each unless they
could appear before the next term and show cause why they had defaulted.
Perly Wallis produced a license to practice law in the district and was appointed the Attorney General for such cases in which he was not already employed. Samuel Carter was appointed foreman of the grand jury, and the grand jury was sworn in and retired. In the afternoon, it presented sundry bills of indictment, which were laid over until the next day.
The grand jury would consider complaints brought in by various parties and decide whether or not they were true bills. On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the grand jury decided that Nathaniel Bassett's complaint of assault and battery by Sylvanus Phillips was not a true bill. An indictment against David Durham for horse stealing was returned not a true bill, and Durham was discharged. The grand jury indicted William Mabbit (the record doesn't say for what) who pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty by the judges and fined $1.00 and costs.
The grand jury also heard and decided petitions for compensation: from Daniel Mooney, the captain of the militia, who had incurred expenses while apprehending Moses Burnett and other felons near the mouth of the St. Francis River; from Baptiste Calliotte, for the costs of conveying Moses Burnett, who stood charged with murder, to the New Madrid jail; and from Sheriff Harold Stillwell, who had to remove some traders from the White River by order of the Indian Agent. The grand jury recommended compensation in all these cases.
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