Charles, a man of color v. Peter Verhager
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Deposition of witnesses produced sworn and
examined, at the office of François LaFrancois La Grange croix in the
Town of CahokiaCahokia in the county of St ClairSt Clair and State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois, before me François LaFrancois La Grange croix a Justice of the
peace in a certain cause now pending in the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court State of MissouriMissouri, between Negro
CharlesCharles plaintiff and PeterPeter defendant
on the part of the plaintiff

François Nadeau of lawful age, being produced, sworn
and examined, on the part of the plaintiff deposeth
and saith

That a few days after Nuns, or Sisters, came to live in
CahokiaCahokiaI went over to St. LouisSt Louis and Brought over
on this side of the river a negro man by the name of CharlesCharles
at the Nuns. I suppose this was either in march or april in the year of 1836 after the said CharlesCharles came
to the Nuns. I saw him at work at the said Nuns
that is to say I saw him plaster paint and white wash
and to the Best of my recollection he remained there
fifteen or sixteen days, and Directly after the said CharlesCharles
came come to the Nuns he went to work, I always
since I have come to St. LouisSt Louis known the said
CharlesCharles to be a slave of the Bishop of St. LouisSt Louis and
I Believe that the said CharlesCharles came over by the
consent of his master the Bishop

François Nadeau