Petition, 4 February 1843 [State of Illinois v. Goddard et al. on Habeas Corpus]

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State of Illinois)
City of )
To the Judges of the Municipal Court of the City of
Whereas <​We​> Stephen <​H.​> Goddard, & William <​W.​> Riley of said being under arrest illegally, and in the custody of James M. Flack a constable of in said by virtue of a writ issued by a Justice of the Peace for said do hereby apply to the Municipal Court of said , and pray that they may grant them us a Writ of in pursuance of a provision in the City Charter and an ordinance in pursuance of said Provision that we may be entitled to the privilege of showing to your Honors the insufficiency of the writ and the utter groundlessness of the charge preferred in said writ which charges us with unlawfully assaulting and beating one Josiah Simpson at the County of when as we shall be able to prove before your honors that at the time the circumstance alluded to transpired we were in the peaceable pursuit of our own affairs.
the copy of said writ doth hereby follow
State of Illinois) ss. [scilicet]
The people of the State of to any Constable of said greeting
Whereas complaint hath been made before me one of the Justices of the Peace within & for the County of aforesaid upon the oath of Josiah Simpson of the City of & of the & aforesaid that one Stephen Goddard & one & one William Riley late of the & aforesaid did unlawfully assault and beat him the said Josiah Simpson at the County of aforesaid.
These are therefore to command you forthwith to apprehend the said Stephen Goddard, [p. [1]]
& William Riley & bring them before me or some other Justice of the Peace to answer the premises and further be dealt with according to law.
Given under my hand & seal at in the aforesaid this 3rd. day of February A. D. 1843.
J. P. L. S
and your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &c <​February 4th. 1843.—​>
Stephen. H. Goddard
Wm. W. Riley
Recd. feby. 4th. 1843.
Feby. 3rd. 1843.
Petn of Stephen H. Goddard & others, for a writ of . [p. [2]]


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    TEXT: “L. S” enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    Insertion in handwriting of James Sloan.  

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    Signatures of Stephen Goddard, William Cahoon, and William Riley.  

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    Notation in handwriting of James Sloan.  

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    Docket in handwriting of James Sloan.