§ From Pierre Delpeux1
11 June 1812, Philadelphia. The petitioner, a doctor and refugee from Saint-Domingue who has lived peaceably in this city for eight years, will be compelled without just cause to go to prison for a debt contracted with James Fitzgerald, cashier of the Bank of New Orleans. Relates the circumstances of the contract and tells how he came to be arrested on 28 Mar. 1812 and ordered to pay on behalf of Fitzgerald and himself the sum of $3,558.06. Is unable to appeal this judgment and will be forced to go to prison for six months. Seeks JM’s benevolent authority to relieve his pain.
RC (DLC). 2 pp. In French.
1. The 1811 Philadelphia directory lists a “Delpeaux P.” as a doctor residing at 82 South Fifth Street (Robinson, Philadelphia Directory for 1811 [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 23676], p. 94).