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Accession number 0000.009
Catalog Number 0000.009.008
Object Name Document
Date May 1851
Title Grand Jury Report
Scope & Content To the Honorable Charles H. Bullard, Judge of the 17th Judicial District of the State of Louisiana

We, the undersigned Grand Jurors, sworn and empowered for May Term 1851 in and for the Parish of Bossier, beg leave to make the following report. We have examined the Parish Jail, which we find neatly kept and in as safe a condition as the nature of its materials will admit, and, we are happy to state, without inmates.
In regard to the public roads, we have noticed a decided improvement in their conditions, and though not in complete order, they exhibit evident marks of increased labor and attention.
We have examined into the condition of the public school system of our Parish and find according to the statement of the Parish Superintendent, that there are fourteen school districts and seven hundred and sixty five children between the ages of six and sixteen in the Parish of Bossier, and that since his report made to the Grand Jury at the Nov'r [November] of court for 1850, he has received from the general state school fund, the sum of six hundred and twenty six dollars and sixty two cents, out of which he has paid four hundred dollars to teachers upon proper vouchers, leaving the sum of two hundred and twenty six dollars and sixty two cents now in the school treasury, besides the dividend of Dec'r [December] 1850 and the March dividend of the present year, which are now due and which he is authorized to draft for at pleasure. We would here take occasion to express our disapprobation of this public school system, as it now stands, believing it complicated in its nature, unequal in its bearings and in many instances, calculated to defeat the very ends which it proposed to accomplish, and we would be glad to see it abolished or so modified as to have more regard to utility and justice.
We also beg leave to refer to a law, passed at the last session of our Legislature, known as the military tax lax, which we regard as odious and oppressive in its nature, unjust in its very object and without one redeeming clause. We would, therefore, invite the special attention of our next legislature to its speedy repeal.
We have examined into all violations of the law that have been brought to our knowledge and investigated them to the extent of all proper means within our reach; and though we regret that it has been our duty to notice any such offences, yet we are happy to report them as few in number, and the general morals of the Parish in a good condition. *
Having finished our duties, so far as we are aware of them, we respectfully ask to be dismissed. In conclusion, we beg leave to tender our thanks to his Honor Judge Bullard for the able and dignified manner in which he has discharged the duties of this court, also return our acknowledgments to our solicitor for the gentlemanly deportment and polite attention with which he has at all times honored us.
John L. Hodges, JJ Ford, RB Hughes, RK Coombes, Jno. Harrison, JB Winston, Wm. Roundovall, Isaac Lay, Jackson McDonald, Dudley Glass, Harrison Presnall, EE Robins, Thos. J Sanders, Eli Spurlin, M. Smith, E. ONeal, DC Wester
*We would also recommend that an Iron safe be purchased by the proper authorities of our Parish for the preservation of Parish records from fire.
People Bullard, Charles A. (Hon.)
Hodges, John Little (Gen.)
Ford, J.J.
Hughes, Robert
Coombs, R.K.
Harrison, John Pearce
Winston, J.B.
Rounsavall, William
Lay, Isaac Parker
McDonald, Jackson
Glass, Dudley
Presnell, Harrison
Robins, Edward E.
Sanders, Thomas J.
Spurlin, Eli
Smith, M.
O'Neal, E.
Wester, D.C.
Search Terms Bossier Parish Schools
Taxation
Roads
Jail
Prison
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Inventoried date 2009-08-01