St. Louis, [MO]: 1834. Small folio. 32.5 x 20 cm. One page in manuscript, docketed on p. , (pp. 2-3 blank). This document is an oath signed by Dr. James Hugh Relfe in St. Louis on June 3rd, 1834, and witnessed by Mathias M. Gish, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri. The oath certifies Relfe as a commissioner appointed under an act of Congress to report on the final adjustment of private land claims in the state of Missouri. The congressional act establishing the commission was passed on July 9th, 1832.
Relfe, born in Virginia on October 17, 1791, moved to Washington County, Missouri, with his father in 1816. Relfe received a limited public education in Caledonia, where he later studied and practiced medicine. This document represents Relfe's first political appointment. The purpose of the committee he was assigned to was to adjust old Spanish land claims in Missouri. Relfe was appointed as a replacement for Dr. Lewis F. Linn, who resigned from the commission earlier in the year. Relfe would go on to serve as a member of the state house of representatives for nine years, serve as a commissioned officer in the Black Hawk War, and serve as a United States Marshal. In 1843, Relfe was elected on the Democrat ticket as a member to the Twenty-eighth Congress, where he served until 1847. Relfe died in Caledonia on September 14, 1863. Item #63720