County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
State of MissouriMissouri,
To Any Judge Or Justice Of The Peace Of the
State of KentuckyKentucky
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 RalphRalph a man of color or Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan
their attorney or agent, and him, her or them examine upon his, her or their corporal oath, (to be by you administred,) touching
their knowledge of any thing that may relate to a certain of controversy, now pending in our circuit Court,
for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, wherein RalphRalph a man matter of color is plaintiff and Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan
is defendant, on the part of the said plaintiff, 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.
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this Twenty Eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one
Archibald GambleArchibald GambleClerk, C.C.