Malinda and Nelly, people of color, by and through their next friend, Beriah Cleland v. Robert Wilburn
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State of IllinoisIllinois
Sangamon CountySangamon County

In Persuance of a Dedimus to me
Directed by the Circuit Court of the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis and StateMissouri
ofMissouri[ MissouriMisouri ] a Subpoena Issued
for the attendance of ElizabethElizabeth SmithSmith
on the Twentyfirst Day of January AD Eighteen Hundred and Twentyfour
Between hours of six am and six
PM at which time that said ElizabethElizabeth
SmithSmith attended and was examined
on her oath touching a matter in
controversy now Pending in the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis wherein MalindaMalinda a woman
of Colour is Plaintiff and RobertRobert Wilburn
WilburnRobert Wilburn Defendant as touching
the Matter as afforesaid the Deponent
Saith that in October and November 1821 I was [ cauld ] on to attend
said WilburnWilburn wife in child bed
where I saw MalindaMalinda as [ afforesaid ]
and I [ herd ] said WilburnWilburn say that
he did not know what he should
Do in consequence of his wife being
sick he should have to leave part
of his family and go to MisouriMissouri