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This is the judgement from Williams Jones, a justice of the peace, against Richard Sorrels for vagrancy.
Unemployment and poverty have been issues in Arkansas since people first arrived. Sadly, not everyone was able to succeed in the pursuit of new land and new opportunities. Whether through poor choices or outside circumstance, some of the transplants to Arkansas failed to thrive.
Territory of Arkansas, County of Lawrence: the United States of America
to the constable of Union
township and the keeper of the
jail of said county
these are to command you the said Constable
forth with to convey and deliver into the
custody of the keeper of the jail of the
County of Lawrence aforesaid the body of
Richard Sorrels of aforesaid taken brought
before me a justice of the peace
within and for the county aforesaid and
charged before me upon the oath of John Wells
of and within said county that the said Sorrels
was loitering about and does no betake him
self to any lawfull[sic] means to secure or support
for him self and family there for I the said
Justice commit said Sorrels under the act of
vagrants and you the said keeper of the said jail
are hereby required to receive the said Richard
Sorrels into your 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 and seal
at the County aforesaid this 27th day of May
in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and
William Jones JP
Document 8" x 13.5"
Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Homeless persons; Poverty; Unemployed
Union Township, Lawrence County (Ark.)
MSNE.0070, Box 12, Folder 1108
Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Vagrancy: U.S. v. Sorrels, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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