Creator

Date Original

1820

Description

This document commands the keeper of Columbia Township jail to detain Matthew Handler until his trial.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mattais Mock and Henry Marrey accused Matthew Handler of stealing their horse, a serious charge at the time. Horses were expensive and valuable animals for farming, traveling, and transport. But what's most interesting about this remand isn't the content - it's the handwriting. P.R. Pitman, justice of the peace, wrote this document most likely using an inkwell pen. His writing appears messy but noticeably, there's a downward slant and consistent smudge to his letters. It seems likely that Pitman was left-handed!

Transcription

Territory Arkansas, County of Lawrence: To the United States of America
to any constable of Columbia
Township and the keeper of
the jail of said county
These are to command you the said constable
forthwith to convey and deliver in to the custody
of the keeper of the jail of the county of Lawrence
aforesaid the body of Matthew Handler of the county
aforesaid taken and brought before me a justice
of the peace within and for the county aforesaid
and charged before me upon the oath of Mattais
Mock and Henry Marrey of the said county with
stealing a certain sorrel mare and you the said
keeper of the said jail are hereby required to
receive the said Matthew Handler in to you custody
in the said jail and him there safely keep
untill[sic] he shall thence be discharged by due
course of law - given under my hand
this twenty second day of July in the year of our
Lord eighteen hundred and twenty
P.R. Pitman J.P.

Physical Description

Document, 8" x 13"

Subjects

Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Law enforcement; Writing; Horses; Robberies; Crimes; Criminal investigations; Jails

Contributor

P.R. Pitman

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0070, Box 15, Folder 1531

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Remand to jail, Matthew Handler, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

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Disciplines

United States History

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