|Date||24 Nov 1849|
|Title||Grand Jury report to ER Olcott|
|Scope & Content||
Parish of Bossier, 17th Judicial district
To the Hon. ER Olcott, Judge
The Grand Jurors in pursuance of their duties under charge of your honor have respectfully to report that they have examined the Courthouse and Gaol of the Parish and with regard to the first they are of opinion that the Courthouse by care and great caution may be used for the purposes for which it was intended. But they think that the care and the caution should be extreme in order to prevent the occurrences of fire in the building. The injuries lately sustained from this disastrous element by our sister Parish Claiborne, are a subject of warning to which we should [?] liable as we are to be subjected to a like calamity by the destruction of our judicial and other records, unsettling and confusing sights now certain - interests now established - with this view before us we earnestly [?] in our capacities of Grand Jurors and through your honorable court that the Parish authorities would do well for the interests of their fellow citizens to procure a fire proof safe in which to deposit the public records in safety - or at least in such security as to prevent their total destruction from fire or other disaster.
The Jail we believe to be unsafe as a prison and would remind the police jury that it should be rendered secure as a place of confinement.
Of the public roads of the parish we are sorry to say that we are unable to say anything in praise or recommendation. They are universally in bad condition as far as come within our knowledge, and no highway is good as a mere neighborhood road is used to be found. To this subject we also by here to call the attention of the Police Jury.
We have received too the support of the parish superintendent of public schools made before as under oath. As far as we can ascertain, we believe the same to be correct and submit it with this our report.
The Grand Jury in conclusion present their thanks to the Court for his courtesy and for his able assistance and advices to their deliberations. All which is respectfully submitted.
To the attorney on the part of the state we respectfully submit our thanks for his assistance and attention and our respects for his interest and courtesy.
Olcott, E.R. (Hon.)
Hodges, John Little (Gen.)
Bossier Parish Courthouse
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