John P. Cabanne, Pierre Chouteau, Barthole Benthold, Bernard Pratte, and Michael Smuel vs. Charles Hempstead, Theodore Hunt, and Manuel Lisa
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, Sct. The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge or Justice of the peace of the state of MissouriMissouri
Greeting.

We reposing special trust and confidence in your integrity and circumspection do require and command
you that you cause to come before you such person or persons as shall be named to you by ManuelManuel
Lisa's Executors attorney or agent and him her or them examine upon his her or their corporal
oath (to be by you administered) touching their knowledge of any thing that may relate to a certain
matter of controversy. Now pending in our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, wherein
is plaintiff and Lisa'sexecutor anis defendant
on the part of the said Defendant, and having reduced the said depositions so taken
by you as aforesaid into writing you are required to send to same together with this commission enclosed
under your seal to our said circuit court, with all convenient speed.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 2nd day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty three

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk