Peter, a free man of color vs. James Walton, George Walton
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court

PeterPeter a black man
who has for his freedom an application for freedom
vsJames WaltonJames Walton

The above named plaintiff being sworn
on his oath saith that Polly Walton of William
Walton, and John WaltonJohn Walton material witness for the said
defendant, had been summoned as writ on behalf of this
deponent in the trial of the above case, that when the case
came on to trial, on wednesday the tenth in that, this deponant
caused the said witness to be called, and or finding that
they were not attending, he was about to apply for a continuance
of his case on the ground of the absence of said witnesses
HenryHenry Walton WaltonHenry Walton and James WaltonJames Walton the defendant

represented to him the deponant, that the testimony of the
said Henry WaltonHenry Walton was all to prove him entitled
to his freedom, and that he the said Henry WaltonHenry Walton could
prove all be intended to prove and establish by the above
named DollyDolly WaltonWalton and John WaltonJohn Walton , that relying on
the statement of the said Henry WaltonHenry Walton and James WaltonJames Walton he did
relinquish his first plan of applying for a continuance and
agreed to go on to trial upon the testimony of the said HenryHenry Walton
WaltonHenry Walton , then on the trial, the testimony of the said Henry WaltonHenry Walton
proving ineffective (he falling short of the expection of this -
deponent the jury brought in a verdict against the said
defendant and this deponant further saith not

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