Ben, a man of color v. Thomas I. White and William D. Woods
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Geroge W. HowardHoward of lawful age being
upon his oath states-
That, he is a Citizen of IllinoisIllinois St St.Claire
County, that he has been residing their
about eight years- That he was acquainted
with the plaintiff Ben, about five years
ago in StSt Claire County ClaireSt Claire County CountySt Claire County IllinoisIllinois when he Ben
worked then- That he there working
in the Cole mixes that he remained there
about 8 or nine weeks, that he was brought Their by a man named
from St. LouisSt Louis, about the first of november 1833- and remained their at work in the
mines until early in January1834- That
it was the understanding that he worked
there as a servan- That the cole
he was By Bluford RobinsonRobinson
and another man to St. LouisSt Louis and be
understood from one or both of the haulers
that were hauling for Dickenson
That witness heard and the persons
hauling speak of Ben as a slave, and
say he was a slave- while he was
there and fruther this Deponent saith not

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