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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis ss

Daniel BusbyDaniel Busby being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that from the
best information which he had gathered he verilybelieves
that it is the pupose and intention of the within named
J. J. Birdsong to carry the within named coloured ladMichaelMichael Edwards
EdwardsMichael Edwards out of the jurisdiction of this court - that is to say to
carry him to one of the Southern States in order to sell him as
a slave - that the said Birdsong is what is commonly called a
negro trader and is in the habit of buying negro for the
purpose of taking them to the south and furthermore that he
is now engaged in making purchases of the kind with this aim
and for this end

Sworm to â signed before me at St LouisSt Louis this Eleventh day of July eighteen hundred thirty five

D. Hough J. P.

D Busby