Petition, 23 November 1843 [State of Illinois v. Finch on Habeas Corpus]

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State of Illinois)
City of )
To the Honorable of the Municipal Court of the City of
<​The Undersigned​> your respectfully represents <​that he is a citizen of ​> that he is now under arrest in the City of by Virtue of a Warrant of Commitment Issued by a Justic of the Peace in and for Said that your is now in the Custody of a Constable in and for Said who holds your by Virtue of the aforesaid Warrant of Commitment— Your further avers that on the 22 Inst. he Was arrested upon a Charge of Larceny and Brought before the Said Justice a aforesaid and Examined upon a Charge of having Stolen a Clothes Brush the Property of one of Said — the Said being the Person who made the affidavit upon which the Said Warrant Was Issued against your Your further avers that his Said Arrest is Illegal in this that the Said Warrant of Commitment on <​by​> virtue of which your is now held in Custody does not aver that t◊◊ your — has been Examined upon any crime or criminal charge known to the Laws of this . that the Said Warrant is not in conformity with the Laws of the a copy of which is hereunto annexed— Your further avers that he is not [p. [1]] guilty of the charge Preferred against <​him​> your further avers that this Prosecution against him has been Instituted through Malice Private Pique & corruption— your further avers that upon the Said Examination your Was required by the Said to Entr into Bail in the Sum of Three Hundred dollars which Sum is Exorbitant and unjust. Your verily believes— Your would therefore most respectfully ask your Honorable Body to grant him the Privilege & Benefit of your most gracious Writ of that your may be dealt with according to Law. Justic and humanity— and your as in duty Bound Will Ever Pray—
Subscribed and Sworn to, this 23d day of November A D— 1843, before me
Clerk of the Municipal Court of the City of [p. [2]]
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Petition for
<​Filed​> November— 23— 1843— in the office of the clerk of the municipal Court of the city of
Clerk [p. [3]]


  1. 1

    TEXT: Possibly “Justie”.  

  2. 2

    TEXT: Possibly “Justie”.  

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    Signature of John Finch.  

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    Certification in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Docket and notation in handwriting of Willard Richards.