Introduction to State of Illinois v. Little

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State of Illinois v. Little
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Mayor’s Court, 25 July 1842
Historical Introduction
On 21 July 1842, William Seely swore a complaint before JS as mayor of , Illinois, stating that he had been assaulted by Edwin Little earlier that day. It is unknown what difficulty existed between the two parties. Constable executed the warrant by bringing Little to court.
Miles Bosworth and Solomon Freeman were summoned to testify for the prosecution, but their testimony was not required. After Little was examined by the court, he pleaded guilty to the charge. law provided the fine could “not exceed one hundred dollars, nor be less than three dollars.” JS fined Little five dollars plus court costs. An issued for the debt and costs was paid in full on 3 October.
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.


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    Complaint, 21 July 1842 [State of Illinois v. Little]; Docket Entry, ca. 25 July 1842 [State of Illinois v. Little].  

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    An Act to Extend the Jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace [29 Dec. 1826], Public and General Statute Laws of the State of Illinois [1834–1837], p. 415, sec. 1; Docket Entry, ca. 25 July 1842 [State of Illinois v. Little].  

    The Public and General Statute Laws of the State of Illinois: Containing All the Laws . . . Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835; and at Their Second Session, Commencing December 7, 1835, and Ending January 18, 1836; and Those Passed by the Tenth General Assembly, at Their Session Commencing December 5, 1836, and Ending March 6, 1837; and at Their Special Session, Commencing July 10, and Ending July 22, 1837. . . . Compiled by Jonathan Young Scammon. Chicago: Stephen F. Gale, 1839.