Creator

Date Original

1824

Description

This is the prosecuting attorney's indictment of Samuel Cupples for selling liquor and operating a dram house without a license.

Biographical/Historical Note

The manufacture and sale of alcohol has long been a contentious issue in Arkansas. Even in territorial days, there were strict regulations regarding who could sell how much to whom, when and where. Licenses were required although they were rarely administered in any fair manner. Despite the legal hazards, alcohol continued to flow abundantly through the state.

Transcription

United States of America
Territory of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
In the Circuit Court
in and for the County of
Lawrence of July Term
AD 1824
The Grand Jurors of the United States
impannelled charged and Sworn to enquire in
And for the body of the County of Lawrence aforesaid
upon their Oath present that Samuel Cupples late
of Said County did on the twenty sixth day of January
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and twenty four at the Town of Davidsonville in
the County of Lawrence aforesaid sell and deliver
to one E- - - Harris of the County aforesaid a quantity
or measure of Liquor less than one quart, towit[sic] one half pint
of Whiskey to be used and drank and which
was then and there used and drank at the house of him the
said Samuel with the Consent and privity of him
the Said Samuel and for which he this the
said Samuel did then and there receive the sum
of Twelve and a half cents without being licensed
or qualified by Law to sell and retail liquors by a
less quantity or measure less than one quart contrary to
the form of the Statute in such cases made and
did provide against the peace and dignity of this
United States and of this Territory - And the
Grand Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath
aforesaid further present and say that the Said
Samuel Cupples of the county aforesaid did on
the Twenty Sixth day of January aforesaid at the
Town of Davidsonville in this County of Lawrence
aforesaid keep a public dram shop and did then and
there without being licensed or qualified by this [crossed out, said]
Circuit Court of Said county so to do, sell, and deliver to one E - - - Harris of Said county a quantity or
meausre of Liquor less than one quart, towit[sic], one
half pint of Liquor called and known by the name of Whiskey - contrary to the form of the
Statute in - - - case made and provided and
against the peace and dignity of the United States and
of this Territory
Dickinson P. Atty
July 7 1824
Rec'd of Saml Cupples my
Jan fee of Eight Dollars in this
case
Dickinson
P. Atty
U. States
v.
S. Cupples
Indict
E - - - Harris
Pros. wit
A True Bill
We the grand
Jury do find this
a true Bill
Fielding Stubblefield
foreman

Physical Description

Document, 7.75" x 12.25"

Subjects

Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Crimes; Alcoholic beverages; Whiskey; Licenses; Taverns (Inns); Crimes; Temperance

Contributor

Townsend Dickinson

Geographical Area

Davidsonville, Lawrence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0070, Box 11, Folder 996

Resource Type

Text

Collection

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

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Selling Liquor: United States v. Samuel Cupples, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

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