Early Southern Legal Documents of a Violent Case, Incl. Document Signed by Thomas Bachelor, 1822-1823
Lot of 9 partially printed and manuscript documents, ca 1822-1823.
On the night of May 1, 1822 in Amite County, MS, a brawl between several men became fatal when John Newsom drew his knife and stuck it in the bodies of John McDrye and John Norris. The nine legal documents including eyewitness testimonies, court summons, and other papers encapsulate the case. Contradictory testimonies from eyewitnesses forced the jury to request Newsom to testify. They resolved that he was guilty and sentenced him to a $500 fine and imprisonment. Included in the collection is a document issued in February 1823, signed by the first clerk of Amite County, MS, Thomas Batchelor (1770-1842). He was also one of six men to represent Amity County at the Constitutional Convention of 1817.
Many of the documents are in very delicate shape. They have folds and some separation of the paper.