[transcribed from a May 4, 1816 deposition of William Becknell taken in a lawsuit filed by the estate of Captain James Callaway against the estate of General Benjamin Howard, James Callaway Papers, Joseph Maher Collection, Missouri History Museum]
Territory of Missouri
County of St. Charles
Personally came and appeared before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Saint Charles and territory aforesaid, William Becknell, formerly an officer in the United States Rangers for Missouri Territory, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that in the summer of 1814 he was in the quarters of the late Genl. Benjamin Howard at a post or fort called Cap au Gris on the Mississippi River at a time when the United States Rangers were about starting up said Mississippi River to a place called Rock River, and whilst in said General’s quarters he and the late General Howard deceased say unto Capt. James Callaway deceased, that there was a settlement between them and that they had better make it, afterward directing said James Callaway deceased to draw his due bill for the amount he was owing, stating that amount to be four hundred dollars, the amount contained in the [ ] bill to this deposition annexed, and that the aforesaid Capt. Callaway deceased did sit down and write and hand the paper to the said General Howard deceased, which he signed, and that immediately on quitting the General’s quarters, the said Callaway did show this deponent the note attached hereto, which paper this deponent perfectly recognized.
[signed] W Becknell
Sworn to and Subscribed before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace as aforesaid this 4th day of May 1816
[signed] A Wilson