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, Ss.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other Judicial Officer of the State ofTerritory of

Know Ye, that we, in confidence of your prudence and fidelity, do by these presents authorize you to cause to come before you, to be examined as witnesses in a cause depending in
our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, in the State of MissouriMissouri, wherein JosiahJosiah Cephas
CephasJosiah Cephas by his next Friend Diana CephasDiana Cephas is - -
plaintiff and James ScottJames Scott and Murry
McConnellMcConnell are defendants all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that purpose by
the said plaintiff her
Attorney or Agent. And we command you to examine all and every such person upon his oath
or solemn affirmation first made or taken before you, to testify the whole truth touching his
knowledge of any thing relating to the said matter in controversy between the said parties;
and that you do take such his examination and reduce the same into writing. When you shall
have so taken his examination, you are to cause the witness to sign the same, and to that and
each examination, at the foot thereof, you are to append your certificate, setting forth the facts
that the examination was subscribed and sworn to or affirmed by the witness, and the day, as
well as between what hours of the day, on which it was done, as also the place of residence of
the witness, if known to you. Should any paper or exhibit be produced or proven, or be referred
to by the witness, you are to describe the same in his examination, or cause it to be so marked
by him, as to establish its identity, and attach the same to his examination. The examinations
thus taken you will cause to be accompanied by a certificate of your official character, attested
by the seal of State; or should it be more convenient, such authentication and proof of your offi-
cial character may be made by the certificate and seal of the clerk of any court of record of any
county of the State, District or Territory in which you reside, stating also in addition to the facts
of his being clerk and that the Court is one of record, that at the time when the depositions
were taken you were an acting judge, (or other such officer to whom this commission is address-
ed,) and duly commissioned as such. And you will return the same and all exhibits produced to
you, annexed hereto, carefully closed up and under your seal, directed to the clerk of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court in and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, MissouriMissouri, with the names of the said parties litigant
endorsed thereon, with all convenient speed.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this day of
in the year of our Lord one thou-sand eight hundred and forty one.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.