Dorinda, a free woman of Colour vs. John Simonds, Jr.
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
State of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge or Justice of the Peace of The State of IllinoisIllinois

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 John Simonds JrJohn Simonds Jr .
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 DorindaDorinda is plaintiff and said JnoJohn Simonds Jr SimondsJohn Simonds Jr
Jur. is 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 the 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 CityCity of St Louis
of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 24th day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty Six

Archd GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk, C. C.