Rebecca, a colored girl, by and through her next friend, Harris v. Louis Mattock and James Black
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis


The State Of MissouriMissouri


To any Judge or Justice of the Peace or other Judicial Officer of the
State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois

We, reposing special trust and confidence in your integrity and circumspection, do authorize
and require you, that you cause to come before you, such person or persons as
shall be named to you by JamesJames Lewis Matlock & LewisJames Lewis Matlock MatlockJames Lewis Matlock
Attorney or Agent, and him or them examine upon his, her or their corporal oath, (to be
by 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. LouisCounty of St Louis,
wherein RebeccaRebecca is
plaintiff and JamesJames Lewis Matlock & LewisJames Lewis Matlock MatlockJames Lewis Matlock are
defendant on the part of the afendants and having
so reduced the said depositions so taken by you a aforesaid in writing, you are required
to send the same, together with this commision, enclosed under your seal, to our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court , with all convenient speed.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this fourthday of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.