Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Charles ROACH Dismisses Divorce Suit, Criticizes Indiana Legislature (1852)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 6 (April 1850 - March 1853), on 28 September 1852 a dismissal was filed by Charles L. Roach in his petition for divorce against Elizabeth Roach. The dismissal included this sharply-worded denunciation of the Indiana General Assembly (which had the power to establish when the court terms would be held each year):

"Charles L. Roach, the plaintiff in the above entitled cause, being desirous of leaving this state and having no desire to ever return to the same again, and, owing to the gross ignorance of the members of the late legislature of Indiana, in so legislating, that thereby no court can be held in this county this fall, therefore I, the undersigned, hereby dismiss the above entitled suit at my own costs, and said Clerk will enter this order of dismissal on the order books of said court, Sept. 18th, 1852.

Charles Roach, Plaintiff
Attest C.C. Nave, his solicitor"

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