[Springfield]: State of Illinois, 1865.
Wraps. Approx. 9.5" x 6". 7 pages,  page blank. Gray wraps with title on the front cover. Paper is creased at the top edges. Tipped inside the Charter is a draft manuscript legal case: "State of Illinois Ogle County In the Circuit Court of Said County. January Term A D 1876. Chicago & Pacific Railroad Company vs. Jeremiah Wash [or Nash]. Appeal." Good. Item #18314
The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company changed its name to the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company in 1872. The Company built several lines in Illinois. There is a publication from 1873 titled " The Chicago & Pacific Railroad a description of the new railroad line across the state of Illinois, from Chicago to the Mississippi River, with copy of charter, maps, etc." by George H. Daniels, upon which we have relied for background information.
The legal draft consists of 8 pages of legal, lined, paper containing a brief with an introductory section followed by 12 separate legal statements ("Firstly, Secondly," etc.). Pasted into the draft at various points are 3 clipped notices taken from 3 printed letters from the "Secretary's Office, Chicago & Pacific R. R. Co." regarding payment collection. (There are also uncut copies of the 3 printed letters on Company paper dated August 27, October 7, and December 2, 1873 respectively tipped into the manuscript.) Written in standard florid legal terminology, the draft case pertains largely to the apportioning of stock shares, share divisions, and other technical business accounting. It appears the Railroad Company, after failing to receive expected payments from subscribers, has resorted to legal action to get paid. The case mentions a specific depot in the Township of Scott in Ogle County, and, in a letter dated December 2, 1873, the Company stressses the need for payment "for ____ shares of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS each of the capital stock of said Company," and also demands "the balance due from you on the assessment heretofore made on said stock."
The letter goes on, "It is imperative that this call be met promptly in order to enable the Company to meet the labor estimates for November, and to insure the final completion of the grading at as early a day as possible. Failure on the part of stock subscribers to pay this assessment immediately may involve the Company in expensive and embarrassing litigation, and cause indefinite delay in the prosecution of work."
We have been unable to find information regarding the outcome of this case.