1795 Aug. 1 |
Documents concerning the case of Joseph Miller versus his
wife, Catalina Shepperd.
1795 Jul. 8
to Father Patrick Walsh
Miller's petition to Father Walsh contains the following
(1) Description of the plaintiff: Joseph Miller, Pilot of
the high sea, formerly an inhabitant of Pensacola, now at New
Orleans, through an attorney at law, presents his complaint to the
(2) Facts of the case: Miller married Catalina Shepperd
before a protestant minister. When he left Pensacola for
Philadelphia his wife betrayed him living publicly in concubinage.
Moreover she has not paid attention to his warning to quit her bad
life and come to live with him.
(3) Petitions of the plaintiff: (a) Miller begs that the
Tribunal ask the help of the governor general so that the commander
of Pensacola (Henry White) may send Catalina Shepperd to the
Tribunal. (b) He begs also that the pastor of Pensacola (James
Coleman) be instructed to receive a complete information from
sworn witnesses about the bad life of Catalina Shepperd. Moreover
he asks that the results of these petitions be remitted to this
Tribunal in order justice may be done. This is signed by John
Joseph Duforest at the request of Joseph Miller whose hand is
maimed. Also signed by Francisco Sales Badillo.
To this is added the decree, dated July 8, 1795 of Father Walsh
(1) That with the consent of Baron de Carondelet the
information asked by Miller and also the petition and the present
resolution be sent to the commander of Pensacola.
(2) That everything be done as Miller asked in his petition.
To this Patrick Walsh adds his signature and Estevan de Quinones
adds his certification. To this Estevan de Quinones adds a
certification that he has notified personally Joseph Miller of the
above decree on July 10, 1795. Also a certification that he
notified on another day Baron de Carondelet. To this he adds a
note that the Dispatches were delivered both to the Pastor James
Coleman of Pensacola and to Henry White, commander of the mentioned
place, respectively on July 12, and 13 of 1795.
1795 Jul. 8
Walsh, Father Patrick
to Henry White
Governor of Pensacola
(1) Walsh communicates to White in transcription the above
petition of Joseph Miller, except for that containing Miller's
petition to the pastor of Pensacola, James Coleman, with copies of
Walsh's decree and the certifications to Miller and Baron de
(2) Walsh ordains that Henry White send Catalina Shepperd at
the first opportunity to New Orleans and place her at the disposal
of the Tribunal. The copy is signed by Patrick Walsh and witnessed
by order of Walsh as Vicar Forane and ecclesiastical judge and by
Estevan de Quinones, Notary Public. To this is added the decree of
the Baron de Carondelet, dated July 9, 1795 by which the Baron
decrees that the petition of the Tribunal be granted. It is signed
by the Baron.
To this is added the communication of Henry White, dated July
31, 1795 certifying that
(1) He carried out the inquiries asked for with two witnesses
since he lacked a notary public.
(2) He decrees that Catalina Shepperd be put on the schooner
"Maria" that sails on the first of August to New Orleans, to be
placed at the disposal of the Tribunal.
(3) He decrees that the dispatches be returned to the
ecclesiastical Tribunal. This is signed by Henry White and
Calderon Garcia and Francisco Canedo as witnesses.
1795 Aug. 1
Coleman, Father James
to Patrick Walsh
Coleman notifies Walsh that the inquiries are held up because
neither Joseph Miller nor his attorney presented themselves to give
the sworn testimony.
Miller, Joseph and Catalina Shepperd
Miller and his wife testify that they come now before the
ecclesiastical Tribunal and that the former desists from the
prosecution of the process, considering the suit broken; null and
cancelled since he expects to live well thenceforth with his wife.
The latter promises to behave herself in the best possible manner
in order to prove her fidelity. Signed by Francisco Sales Badillo
and Juan Jose Duforest at the request of both Miller and Shepperd
that cannot write.
IV-5-b 14pp. 134to. 18mo. (Spanish)