Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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State of IllinoisIllinois
ScottScott County CountyScott County

Personally came Charles CollinsCharles Collins before
me the undersigned an acting justice of the peaca
within & for said county & made oath that on the
fourth day of July last past 1839, he was the owner
of a negro woman a slave called DianaDiana and of a
negro boy called Joe also a slave that & that on or about that
time said slaves left MissouriMissouri /the state of/ that he is
now informed & believes that said slaves are
slaves in the State of IllinoisIllinois owing service to their said
lawful owner &c wherefore he the said CollinsCollins demands
that the said justice of the peace shall hear & determine
said complaints, thus by him here made & grant such
certificate and take such other proceedings in the
premises as the law will justify.

Sworn to & subscribed before me
this 22d day of February A. D. 1840

Charles CollinsCharles Collins

Signed Royal MooersMoore