SMALL ARCHIVE, containing five (5) pieces of legal correspondence, all handwritten, regarding the Kiamichi County, Choctaw Nation, Probate Court. The Court is authorizing three lawyers (George E. Gatling and I.D. Crouch of San Augustine, TX; and A.R. Durant of Grant, Indian Territory, later Oklahoma) to recover property bequeathed to a minor child, Edd P. Jones. Indian Territory.

SMALL ARCHIVE, containing five (5) pieces of legal correspondence, all handwritten, regarding the Kiamichi County, Choctaw Nation, Probate Court. The Court is authorizing three lawyers (George E. Gatling and I.D. Crouch of San Augustine, TX; and A.R. Durant of Grant, Indian Territory, later Oklahoma) to recover property bequeathed to a minor child, Edd P. Jones.

1899. Original manuscripts. Descriptions of the five manuscripts follow. (1) 1¼ pp, dated November 21, 1899, handwritten on professional letterhead of A.R. Durant, “Practicing Attorney in Federal Courts and Choctaw Courts….Grant, Ind. Ter.” Addressed to Messrs. Gatling and Crouch, San Augustine, Texas, with whom Mr. Durant is working on the case. He reports that the minor child’s guardian, [Silas L.] Bacon, has filed the bond, and “his appointment [of the legal team] is all right”, but that the court order “authorizing Mr. Bacon to employ us” is delayed in being issued since the judge is on his honeymoon. He asks the recipients to send the contract form to him. Signed A. R. Durant. 10 ¾” x 8 ¼”. ~ (2) 2 pp, including docketing, on legal paper with red border, embossed seal, dated December 6, 1899. Re the application of the child’s guardian, Silas L. Bacon, to employ the three lawyers “to recover property belonging to said ward…as legal heir of Edd P. Jones [Sr]…activated in the state of Mississippi….” The court authorizes Mr. Bacon to hire them, and no fees will be paid if nothing is recovered, but if anything is, the lawyers will receive “one half of the property recovered…” Signed by S.L. Oakes, County and Probate Judge, Ki[a]michi County, Choctaw Nation. Witnessed Dec. 5, 1899, by J.L. Burney, Probate Clerk of the court above. 14” x 8 ½”. ~ (3) 1p, docketed on verso, dated December 6, 1899. As above. Authorizing Silas L. Bacon, as legal guardian, to employ the lawyers “to settle up and collect certain estate belonging to said minor in Mississippi….” and authorizing the lawyers to “investigate and ascertain from all sources practicable” what property may belong to the child as his father’s heir, and to institute a suit for the recovery of it. Signed by S.L. Bacon and witnessed December 4, 1899. ~ (4) 1 p, December 25, 1899. From A.R. Durant in Grant to Gatling and Crouch in San Augustine. The lawyer asks his partners whether they have received S.L Bacon’s contract yet and if so, do they deem it satisfactory. He asks what the next step should be and requests that they keep him posted. A postscript asks “what Rail Road your town is on…” 10” x 8”. ~ (5) 2 pp, April 28, 1900. From Durant to Gatling and Crouch. Durant says he’s “done everything a man can to get the judge to issue the orders…,” but he has been put off until the fifth Monday in May. Durant apologizes for the delay and adds that he’s so “fretted” that he “could almost tell the judge what I think of him as a man.” But he won’t. Signed A.R. Durant. 8 ¾” x 5 ½”. Very Good. Item #038295

Price: $250.00