Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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The Deposition of Lowry HayLowry Hay taken before me a Justice of the peace within
and for the County of White and State of IllinoisIllinois on the 23rd day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen Hundred and thirty one between the
hours of eight o'clock in the forenoon & six o'clock in the afternoon of
said day at the office of the clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of White CountyWhite County &
State of IllinoisIllinois at the Town of Carmipursuant to the annexedDedimus
and notice to be read in evidence in a certain action pending in the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court of Saint LouisSt Louis County & State of MissouriMissouri wherein
RalphRalph a man of Colour is Plaintiff & James Duncan & Coleman Duncan
are defendants.

Lowry HayLowry Hay of lawful age being produced sworn & examined
on the part of the plaintiff, deposith and sayeth as follows. -

Question is the body of the note annexed to this Deposition and marked

A in your hand writing ?

Answer Yes, I belive it is.

Que- Did you sue said Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan sign & deliver said note
to said RalphRalph , if so when was said note made and where ?

Ans- The note was written at the SalineSaline are the 2nd day of December 1829. but I do not recollect to have
seen it signed and delivered

Question How long did said RalphRalph live in IllinoisIllinois before the execution
o said note?

Answer I believe about one month- perhaps a day or two over or
under that time.-

Question Was said RalphRalph when you know him reputed to be a slave or
a free man & of a slave whose was he reputed to be ?

Answer He was reputed to be a Slave, and to belong to a Mr.DuncanDuncan .

Question How long did Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan hire RalphRalph to labour
as the salt works in IllinoisIllinois near Shawneetown?

Answer I do not know of Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan hiring the labour of
RalphRalph , but am strongly under the impression that RalphRalph
hired out his own time.

Question What is the age, colour, size & Description of said negro man
RalphRalph as near as you can State?

Answer I have but an indistinct recollection of the man, but believe him to be about Forty years of age & of middle statute, I can't recollect of any other particulars by which to discribe

Lowry Hay