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Original Manuscript Court Case Documents Regarding Jeffersonville Railroad Lawsuit.
Clark County, Indiana Territory 1850 - In 1850, in the State of Indiana, the Jefferson Rail Road sued one Samuel Wright, a shareholder, for failing to pay up $250 of the $500 subscribed shares issued by the railroad. According to the Railroad Wright was libel for $250 issued in the calls. Wright refused and argued that it was the Ohio and Indianapolis RR and not the Jeffersonville RR when he bought shares and that the Jeffersonville RR had no right to issue said calls. The RR sued for $500 in damages. The court found for the plaintiff. Archive of seven (7) manuscript documents. Clark County, Indiana Territory, July - August 1850. Original trial case documents, includes a substantial string-tied document, folio, 9 pages. Further includes six single leaf documents, most written to rectos and versos, these ranging in size. One of the documents bears the official embossed seal of the Circuit Court of Clark County with its eagle emblem clearly visible. Filing dates indicated on each, by court clerks. Minor age-toning and creasing to edges, otherwise the lot in very good and original condition. Plaintiff: Jeffersonville Railroad Company Defendant: Samuel Wright, Shareholder, and doctor from Dundee, New York A most unusual court case, in which the Jefersonville Railroad Company, previously chartered as the Ohio and Indianapolis Railroad, puts forth a claim in the courts against one of its shareholders, a doctor from New York. Hon. William T. Otto was the presiding judge, holding the County Circuit seat from 1844 - 1852. Other significant names seen on these documents include Judge Charles Dewey, Judge Charles P. Ferguson - at this time a clerk, and Eli McCauley - also a clerk of the court. Documents include the plaintiff's declaration to the courts which outlines initial filing fees of $4.09 USD, the subsequent order to summon the defendant to appear in court, the defendants' pleas, rebuttals to some of those pleas, a Bill of Exceptions, so forth. The declaration, or initial claim filed against the shareholder is nine pages in length, and illuminates more than the details of the case where a stockholder has purportedly not paid for his shares, but further provides historic details of the railroad's stages of financial development. A fascinating document of commercial and legal interest. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts]
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