Aspasia vs. Hardage Lane
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County July Term 1838

AspisaAspasia a woman of color plaintiff
Hardage LaneHardage Lane

Suit for freedom

Be it remembered that upon the trial of this cause
the plaintiff in support of her action offered and read in evi
dence the depositions of Robert BuntonRobert Bunton taken on behalf of
the plaintiff and the defendant, the bill of sale from WilliamWilliam
SullivanSullivan to Robert BuntonRobert Bunton of a negro girl JudyJudy , and the
deposition of Pierre MenardPierre Menard taken on behalf of the de
fendant and produced and examined the witnesses hereinafter
named. The first depositoin of Robert BuntonRobert Bunton offered and
read upon the said trial is in the words, letters and
figures following to wit (after striking out that por
tion of the said deposition which was subjected to at the
trial) "Robert Bunton Sr, of lawful age being pro
duced sworn and examined on the part of the plaintiff
deposeth and saith Question by Plffs Atty: In what
year did you come to VincennesVincennes? Ans: I came to
VincennesVincennes in April or May 1793. By same: Have
you been the owner of any slaves since your resi
dence in VincennesVincennes? Ans: I have been the owner
of black peeple. I bought them generally with the