.1 cubic ft.
Covers the period from July-August 1809.
Contains official requests for the return of fugitives from justice from other states; notated by the Illinois Governor if additional information on the crime became available.
Record Series 100.004, Records of the Secretary of the Territory, Illinois State Archives.
On Feb. 3, 1809, the U.S. Congress approved an act that seperated Illinois from the Indiana Territory. The chief executive officer of the new territory was to be a Governor appointed by the President of the United States. With three territorial judges, the Governor formed a unicameral legislative body called the Council of Revision. Besides serving as commander-in-chief of the militia, the governor had broad administrative responsibilities empowering him to call elections, take censuses and function as the chief law enforcement officer for the territory.
The Secretary of the Territory, who was also appointed by the President was to keep and preserve all laws and public documents created by the Governor. Whenever the Governor left the Terriotry or upon his removal, resignation or death, the Secretary assumed the duties of the Governor. Under legislation adopted from the Indiana Territory, the Secretary kept a file of surety bonds posted by county officials. Results of county censuses taken by sheriffs, as well as election returns, were required to be filed with the Secretary.
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