Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883019 Details

Location:St. Landry
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Fifth District Court, holding Session in and for the Parish of St. Landry (, )
Filing Date:1830-October-29
Ending Date:1830-December-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:John de Maison Rouge represents that he is a brick mason by trade who has "turned his attention to the setting of Sugar Kettles." Further, "by a studious attention to his business," he has "discovered a mode of setting Sugar Kettles, by which the quantity of fuel required for making Sugar is materially reduced." Hoping to establish "a good reputation in the Parish of St. Landry," de Maison Rouge entered into a contract for such work with Baptiste Meuillon, a free man of color. In order to prove the effectiveness of his new design, de Maison Rouge "drafted a plan, calculated from the dimensions of the Kettles to be set," and showed it to Meuillon, "who was immediately convinced of the great advantage" of the plan. Having entered into the contract, Meuillon asked to keep the plans; de Maison Rouge agreed on the condition that Meuillon would not show them to his competition, to which Meuillon agreed. However, before the work began, Meuillon did show the plans to one of de Maison Rouge's competitors "with whom he concluded a bargain for the setting of his Sugar Kettles." In consequence, de Maison Rouge lost the contract, causing him to lose $2,000 in wages and other damages. De Maison Rouge prays that Meuillon be decreed to pay him that sum plus costs of the suit.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:PARs in the Meuillon Series [#20883019, #20885106, #20885108]; Court Record, 17 July 1830; Answer, Baptiste Meuillon, 19 November 1830; Judgment, 10 December 1830
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20883019

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: St. Landry Parish Courthouse, Opelousas, Louisiana

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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:5/28/2003
Record Last Updated on:2/4/2010 5:41:00 PM