Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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an acting justice of the peace in and for said County
changing that they were fugitive slaves from the state
of MissouriMissouri & from him as the owner of said slaves
& I having heard the proofs & allegations in the premises
& it being proven the said persons were fugitive slaves as
alledged by the said CollinsCollins therefore I hereby certify said
facts so to be & hereby authorise the said CollinsCollins or any
other person claiming said slaves through or under
him to take into personal custody said slaves and
each & both of them & to remove them or either or both
of them back to the state of MissouriMissouri or to any other
place or country where by law the owners may have
power to take, possess & own slaves

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand
& seal as justice of the peace aforesaid as the county
& state aforesaid this 22d day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty

signed, Royal MooersMoore

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