Charles, a man of color v. Peter Verhager
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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 au-
thorize and require you, that you cause to come before you, such person or persons as
shall be named to you by CharlesCharles a man of colour, his

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 CharlesCharles a man of Colour is
plaintiff and PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen is
defendant on the part of the plaintiff and having
so reduced the said depositions so taken by you as aforesaid in writing, you are required
to send the same, together with this commission, 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 tenth day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred andthirtyforty

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.

by Wm Ames Depty