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Edward Blair, Edgar R. Stimpson and Robert Merritt:
Gentlemen - You have been chosen arbitrators on behalf of the undersigned, to arbitrate and award between them, in such matters and things as set forth in their submission, which will be open to your inspection when you meet at the Runals House, in the village of Villisca, Iowa, on the second day of January, A. D. 1883, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, to hear the allegations and proofs of Yours, etc.,
MERRICK WELCH, SIMON J. GROVER. Dated at Villisca, Iowa, this fifteenth day of December, A. D. 1882.
The people of the State of Iowa, to Edmund W. Thomas and Samuel M. West: You, and each of you, are commanded personally to appear and attend at the Runals house, in the village of Villisca, in Montgomery county, Iowa, on the second day of January, A. D. 1883, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, before Edward Blair, Edgar R. Stimpson and Robert Merritt, of Villisca, arbitrators chosen to determine a controversy between Merrick Welch and Simon J. Grover, then and there to testify as a witness in relation thereto, before said arbitrators, on the part of the said Merrick Welch. Hereof fail not at your peril. Given under my hand, this twenty-sixth day of December, A. D. 1882.
ERICK LARSON, Justice of the Peace.
It is customary to allow fees to arbitrators for their services equal to those given referees appointed by courts of law to determine cases.
You do severally swear, faithfully and fairly to hear and examine the matters in controversy between Merrick Welch, of the one part, and Simon J. Grover, of the other part, and to make a just award according to the best of your understanding. So help you God.
Know all Men by These Presents, that we, the undersigned, arbitrators of all matters in difference, of every kind, name and nature, between Merrick Welch and Simon J. Grover, by virtue of their agreement of submission of said matters, dated at Villisca, Iowa, on the first day of December, A. D. 1882, do award, order, judge and determine of and concerning the same as follows:
Plainly setting forth each point of difference between the parties, and the decision reached by the arbitrators on each item, in accordance with law and equity, and with the testimony presented.
In witness whereof, we have, in the presence of each other, hereunto set our hands this third day of January, A. D. 1883.
EDGAR R. STIMPSON.
Know all Men by These Presents, that we, the undersigned, arbitrators of the controversy existing between Merrick Welch and Simon J. Grover, partners, doing business at Villisca, Montgomery county, Iowa, under the firm-name of Welch & Grover, relative to a settlement of their firm business, and especially of the business transactions by and between them since the twelfth day of June, A. D. 1882, by virtue" of their' submission to us of the settlement of said matters, dated at Villisca, Iowa, on the first day of December, A. D. 1882, do award, judge and determine of and concerning the same as follows:
1. That the said partners are each equally liable for one-half of the indebtedness of said firm.
2. That each of said partners is fully entitled to receive one-half of all profits accruing to their said business, if any there be, since the twelfth day of June, A. D. 1882.
3. That the copartnership heretofore existing between the said Welch and Grover be, and hereby is, fully dissolved from and after the date hereof.
4. That John Allen, of Villisca, Iowa, merchant, is hereby appointed and confirmed a receiver to take charge of all accounts and evidences of debt of said firm, and to sell to the best advantage, for cash, within one year, all the real estate and personal property of every kind, held and owned by said partners.
5. That the money realized from the sales of the said property by the receiver of the said firm shall be discreetly used only for the payment of the indebtedness of said firm of Welch & Grover, until the expiration of two years from this date, at which time the surplus funds arising from such sales, and remaining after the indebtedness of the said firm, is all paid (if any such surplus shall exist), shall be equally divided between said partners by the said receiver.
6. That the promissory note executed June 15, A. D. 1882, by the said Merritt Welch to the said Simon J. Grover, for the sum of One Thousand Dollars, which was given as a collateral security in a contingency which we, the said arbitrators, find did never exist, is declared void and uncollectable for want of a proper consideration therefor.
In witness whereof, we have, in the presence of each other, hereunto set our hands the third day of January, A. D. 1883.
EDGAR R. STIMPSON,