Malinda and Nelly, Free Persons of Colour, by and through Their Next Friend, Beriah Cleland v. Robert Wilburn
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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 IllinoisIllinois 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 RobertRobert Wilburn
WilburnRobert Wilburn his attorney or agent and him her or them examine upon his her or their cor
poral 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 NellyNelly
a woman of colour is plaintiff and Robert WilburnRobert Wilburn is defendant
on the part of the said Defendant â and having reduced the said depositions so taken
by you as aforesaid into writing you are required to send the same together with this commission enclo
sed 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 Seventh day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty three

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk