D. B. Dameron to Unknown, 10-16-1822

Summary: Francis Bigham. Character certificate.

State of Mississippi

Perry County

I do hereby certify that, John P. Hampton whose signature is within subscribed, is one of the Judges of the Circuit Court for the State aforesaid - Also of Griffin H Hollimon is the Chief Justice of the said County, Also Thomas A Willis is the District attorney for the fourth Judicial District of the State aforesaid and their signatures thereunto subscribed is signed with their own hands

D. B. Dameron, Clerk C. C. Perry County

Also John Elliott and J R. Nicholson Esqrs are Practicing attorneys in the said Circuit Court for said State

Given under my hand and private seal for want of Seal of Office this sixteenth day of October A. D. 1822

G. B. Dameron [Seal] Clerk. C. C. Perry County

Mr Francis Bigham a respectable Citizen of this County being about to visit the Province of Texas for the purpose of exploring that Country where he may think proper to locate himself and family and having at the same time commercial views: We the subscribers do with pleasure recommend Mr Bigham to the Civility and protectionf of such of the Citizens of the Territory through which he may pass as an enterprizing and industrious and worthy man

State of Mississippi

Perry County To wit:

The undersigned one of the Judges of the Circuit courts and of the Supreme Court of said state, as far as he is informed and acquainted, presents the above expressions of recommendation in favor of Francis Bingham to all who may see these presents

Griffin H. Hollimon, Jn° P. Hampton Judge of the county C. P. C. Judge S. Court

David Reese J. R. Nicholson A Representative for said County Jn° Elliot Thomas A Willis Dist Atty 4th Judiciary District.

Walter Leake Governor of the State of Mississippi, To all who shall see these Presents:

Be it known, that John P Hampton was on the sixteenth-day of October Eighteen hundred and Twenty two one of the Judges of the Supreme Court in and for the State of Mississippi and that full faith and credit are due to all his acts as such.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of said State, at the Town of Jackson the 26th day of June 1828

Walter Leake