More on the Nefarious John Bembry

I found this wanted notice in the Federal Union, a Milledgeville paper, dated 8 September 1831.  It gives more details on the murder of Littleton Bryan. Sounds like a nasty business!

A Proclamation
By William P. Duvall, Governor of the Territory of Florida

Whereas it hath been duly shewn to me that JOHN BEMBRY, late of the county of Leon, Florida Territory, stands indicted in the Superior Court of said county, for an assault and battery on LITTLETON BRYAN, with intent to kill said Bryan with a knife, and whereas since the finding of said indictment, said Bryan hath died as supposed of his wounds.

And whereas said Bembry hath fled from this Territory and is now a fugitive from justice, and it appears to my satisfaction that the offence is one that deserves the vigilant and and rigid enforcement of the laws:

Now by the virtue of the authority in me vested by law, I hereby offer a reward of TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS for the apprehension and delivery of said Bembry to the sheriff of Leon county, or his jailor, and all sheriffs, constables, and other peace officers in this Territory are hereby required to vigilant in the apprehension and safe keeping of said Bembry.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the said territory to be affixed at Tallahassee, this 29th day of May, A.D. 1831, and of the Independence of the United States, the fifty-fifth year.

WM. P. DUVALL, Governor of Florida.
By the Governor: James D. Westcott Jr., Secretary of Florida


The undersigned, the father of the deceased Littleton Bryan, will give the additional sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to the amount offered by the Governor of Florida for the apprehension of JOHN BEMBRY by whom his son was cruelly murdered while protecting the rights and property of his father.

Publishers of papers in the Southern and Western States, and in Texas, friendly to the cause of justice, will please notice this award.

Tallahassee, May 29, 1831.

John Bembry Federal Union 8 Sep 1831 wanted notice cropped


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