Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
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 Murry McConnelMcConnell or 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 Joseph Cephas by his next friend Deana Cephas
as plaintiff and Murry McConnelMcConnell is
defendant on the part of the Defendant 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 twenty third day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirtyforty one

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk C.C.
by Warfield Blair deputy