Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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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
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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 or them examine upon his, her or their corporeal oath (to be 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 RalphRalph (a man 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 CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , with all convenient speed.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this eleventh day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, C.C.