Charles, a man of color v. Peter Verhager
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Depositions of witnesses produced swornand
examined at the office of R Shepard
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis in the county of St LouisSt Louis &
StateMissouri ofMissouri MissouriMissouri Elihu H. Shepard a
Justice of the Peace within and for the county of
St. LouisSt Louisand StateMissouri ofMissouri MissouriMissouri in a certain
cause now pending in the CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louisand State of MissouriMissouri
between CharlesCharles as man of Colour- Plaintiff
and and PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen Defendant
on the part of the Plaintiff

James FontbonneJames Fontbonne priest of lawful age being
produced sworn and examined on the
part of the plaintiff deposeth and saith
that he is acquainted with both plaintiff
and defendant in this case about four
years and three months and at the time he
became acquainted with the parties the
RevJoseph RosatiJoseph Rosati was Bishop of this
[ Diocess ] in which St. LouisSt Louis is and
resided in this city until he left here
in the month of May last say about
the 12th. CharlesCharles the plaintiff belonged to
the Bishop Rosati. The Bishop Rosati

the defendant in this case left his spiritual
business to be transacted in his absence
to the Rev PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen the defendant and his
temporal affairs to Judge Many P LeducP Leduc
In the house hold affairs MrVerhagenVerhagen
has the general contract and therefore
has the direction of CharlesCharles the plaintiff in
this suit- In the spring of the year 1836

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I was at CahokiaCahokia in the state of IllinoisIllinois
and saw CharlesCharles at work there at
the Bishops house for the sisters with
the permission of the Rev Bishop Rosati
and the Bishop knew that CharlesCharles was
there he had told me before that CharlesCharles
would go to work for this deponents
sister, Some gentleman came over for
him in a cart but I do not know
that it was Mr. Gaddeau or not
CharlesCharles was a Cook in the Bishop's house
at St. LouisSt Louis and Wililam his the plaintiff
`` Brother Cooked in his absence and
lived about the house My sister one
of the sisters of St. Joseph at CahokiaCahokia depends
on the Bishop and I presume she
asked for CharlesCharles to come and assist
her The Bishop told CharlesCharles that he
wished him to paint the house in
which the sisters resided in CahokiaCahokia
The deponent is a Catholic Priest

Sworn & Subscribedbefore
me this 31st day of July 1840ElihuShepardJustice
of the Peace St Louis County

James FontbonneJames Fontbonne Priest.