Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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RalphRalph a man of color
vs
Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan

In the St LouisSt Louis circuit Court

John SteeleJohn Steele an his oath says that last week & a
few days before the trial of said cause he
was informed by Mr.BirdBird the counsel for
the Plaintiff that depositions have been taken
& filed in said cause which went to impeach
the credit of this affiant & said affiantinformed
said BirdBird that he know only two persons
in this neighbourhood who had been acquainted
with this affiant in KentuckyKentucky & that they
would prove that this affiant sustained the
character of a man of veracity- This affiant
says that John HartJohn Hart at the request of
this affiant was summoned as a witness
to rebut the testimony taken on the part
of said Defendant which intended to-
impeach the credit of this affiant &
this affiant says that after Plaintiff an
the trial of said cause had concluded his
testimony in chief & after Defendant had
concluded his testimony said John HartJohn Hart was
sworn in said cause to rebut same
evidence taken & read by the Defendant
& which want to impeach the character
of this affiant & said Hart was asked
no question & gave no evidence apart
in relationto the character of John SteeleJohn Steele
& those where Depositions were read to
impeach this affiant

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This affiant says that on friday cominglast
& after said cause had been submitted to
the jury this affiant had a conversation
with said Hart in relation to said RalphRalph claim to freedom & said Hart then stated that he knew the fact that said RalphRalph
was hired by his then master John GordonJohn Gordon
to labor in the Territory of IllinoisIllinois many
years that he Hart frequently saw said
RalphRalph laboring in the Territory of IllinoisIllinois
& that he saw him this labouring there he
thinks as early as the year 1812 on 1813 said Hart
further said that he was not aware when
sworn as aforesaid that his knowledge of
the residence of said RalphRalph in IllinoisIllinois was
material to any issue in said case

John SteeleJohn Steele

Sworn to before me this
6th day of Decr 1831

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk