James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Frederick Bates, 10 October 1807

St. Louis Oct. 10, 1807.


I have the honor of informing you that the Jury in the General court of this Territory have returned a verdict, of ’not guilty’ in the case of Robert Wescott for a misdemeanor. It is said the Indictment followed the words of the statute, without alledging a special breach of it, such as the enlistment of men &ca.

The court refused to hear evidence to prove any fact which was not alledged, and the Jury went out without the testimony. I have the honor to be very respectfully, Sir, your obedt. Servant

Frederick Bates

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