Grand Jury Documents from Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania [Manuscript Archive]. [Pennsylvania]. [Six Manuscript Grand Jury Indictments]. [Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, 1832-1839]. Six documents, ranging in size from 5-1/4" x 3-1/4" to 6-1/2" x 3-1/4" (folded, averaging 12" x 7-3/4" unfolded), each with text to recto and docket to verso. Moderate toning, light soiling in places, horizontal and vertical fold lines, small holes or clean tears along some fold lines, touching text in places without loss to legibility. An interesting collection. $500. * These grand jury indictments were issued for the court of session of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania from 1832 to 1839. (Lycoming County was incorporated in 1795.) Each document gives the details of the charge along with a brief, formal summary of the crime. Two of the indictments are for theft and four for assault and battery. Likely clerical copies retained by the court, they bear the names of the respective attorneys general and witnesses in each case but not their autograph signatures. True bills were returned in three cases, two 1833 assault and battery cases and one 1837 larceny case. An interesting window onto the grand jury process, which played an essential role in early American public life.
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