Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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StateIllinois of IllinoisIllinoisfor Personally came Charles CollinsCharles Collins
before me the undersigned an acting justice of the
peace and for said county & made oath that
on the fourth day of duly last past 1839 he was the
owner of a Negro woman a slave called DianaDiana & a
Negro child a boy called Joe also a slave and that on or
about that time the said slaves left the state of MissouriMissouri
& that he is now informed & believes that said slaves are
fugitive slaved in the state of IllinoisIllinois & he the said
CollinsCollins then demanded that the said slaves be arrested
& brought before me as such fugitive slaves & that the
question be here tried as to the fact whether they were such
fugitive slaves & that they be there dealt with as the law
requires & provides in such cases. These are therefore
to command you in the name & the authority of the
people of the state of IllinoisIllinois to take said two slaves
& bring them forthwith before me at my office to answer
said complaint you then & there in this writ.

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Witness my hand & seal this 22d day of February 1840

signed Royal MooersMoore