STATE OF MICHIGAN,
CITY OF DETROIT,
Ulysses S. Grant BEING DULY SWORN, DEPOSETH AND SAITH, THAT ON OR ABOUT THE 10th DAY OF January A. D. 1851 & for 25 days previous thereto, WITHIN THE CITY OF DETROIT, Antoine Beaubien did neglect to keep his Side walk free and clear from Snow and Ice on Jefferson Avenue in front of house owned and occupied by him AND DID THEN AND THERE COMMIT MANY OTHER ACTS CONTRARY TO THE ORDINANCES OF SAID CITY; FURTHER DEPONENT SAITH NOT.
U. S. GRANT
SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME THIS
10th DAY Jan. A, D. 1851.
J. Van Rensselaer CITY CLERK
DS, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, Mich. A printed form with space provided for offense and date, only the signature is by USG. A virtually identical document printed by Richardson (134) gives the same date, same avenue, but names "Zachary" Chandler as the offender. Zachariah Chandler, born and educated in N. H., came to Detroit in 1833 as a merchant. In 1851 he was mayor of Detroit. Chandler later served as U. S. Senator from Mich., 1857-75, and as Secretary of the Interior under USG. According to Richardson, Chandler conducted his own defense against USG's charges before a jury, asserting that "If you soldiers would keep sober, perhaps you would not fall on people's pavements and hurt your legs." The jury found for USG, assessing court costs to Chandler and a fine of six cents.
Apl. 7th 1851
Your instructions of the 31st Ult. are just recieved, and agreeable to them the public team will be disposed of and the teamster discharged.