Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis,


The State Of MissouriMissouri.

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

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 Preston,
Braxton and others are complainants
and George W.CoonsGeorge W Coons administrator with the
will annexed of MiltonMilton Duty Deceased and others are defendant,s all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that purpose by the said complainants their

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 par
ties; 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 pro
duced or proven, or be referred to by the witness, you are to describe the same in his exami
nation, 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 con
venient, such authentication and proof of your official character may be made by the certifi
cate and seal of the clerk of any court of record of any county of the State, District or Ter
ritory 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 addressed,) and duly commissioned as
And you will return the same and all exhibits produced to you, annexed hereto, care
fully closed up and under your seal, directed to the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court in and for the
county of St. LouisSt 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. LouisSt Louis, this thirty first day ofoctober in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.

David Ruland Deputy