FROM: Archives of the Spanish Government of West Florida, Vol. VII, p. 48. [copied at West Feliciana Parish Courthourse, St. Francisville, Louisiana, Dec 2015]
[original in Spanish]
Power of attorney given by John Shafford to Caleb Weeks relative to making a demand and claim for a tract of land.
Be it known unto all who may see this document, [p. 161] that I, John Shafford, of the District of Feliciana, a dependency of Baton Rouge, depose that I give my power of attorney, as complete as may be required by law and may be necessary, in due legal form, to Caleb Weeks, in order that in my name and representing me, my rights, and actions, he may solicit and make a demand and claim for a tract of land which I have requested, doing in this instance all the necessary proceedings, which I will approve, as from then I do approve, constituting myself responsible for whatever he will do for its attainment, obligating to this my property, present and future. I empower the justices of His Majesty in order that they may compel me to its performance with the force of a rendered [p. 162] judgment, renouncing the laws in my favor with the general one which may prohibit it. In testimony whereof, this act is executed at Baton Rouge on the fifth day of the month of December of the year of one thousand eight hundred and three.
I, Don Carlos de Grand-Pré, Colonel of the Royal Armies, Civil and Military Governor of the Post and settlements of Baton Rouge, certify that I know the executor who signed it; Francisco Miranda and Juan Peres being witnesses present.
At the moment of signing, he said he did not know how to write, and he made his mark.
Cross of the executor X
[signed] Carlos de Grand-Pré
[signed] Franco. Miranda