This is a $7,000 bond posted by Meril Archer upon his election to county coroner in Lawrence County in 1832.
In 1832, Meril Archer was elected county coroner for Lawrence County. The coroner was tasked with investigating violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths. Because it's vitally important for the coroner to be impartial, the bond for this position was extremely high at $7,000. In the event that Archer failed to perform his duties faithfully, he and his heirs would owe Lawrence County $7,000.
Know all men by these present that we Meril Archer
James M Kuykendall, Robert Williams, George Archer and
held and firmly bound unto John Pope Governor
of Arkansas and successors in office in the penal
sum of seven thousand dollars which payment
will and truly be made we bind ourselves, our
heirs executors and assigns, firmly by these present
as witness our hands and seals this 2nd day of April
The condition of the above obligation
is such that whereas the above bounden Meril
Archer has been duly elected coroner
in and for the County of Lawrence Arkansas Territo
ry for the term of two years ensuring. Now if
the said Meril Archer shall well and
truly do and perform all and singular the duties
of coroner of the County aforesaid according
to Law then this obligation to be void and of
no effect otherwise to remain in force
Document, 7.5" x 10"
Documents; Manuscripts; County government; Government officials; Dead persons; Death
Lawrence County (Ark.)
MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 34
Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Bond for coroner, Meril Archer, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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