Pierre, a man of color v. Gabrial Chouteau
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Deposition of witnesses produceed sworn
and examined at the office of RobertRobert
S. M. ,
Esquire advocate in the
City ofCity of Montreal MontrealCity of Montreal in the ProvinceProvince of Canada ofProvince of Canada CanadaProvince of Canada
before me JohnJohn Samuel Mc Cord SamuelJohn Samuel Mc Cord McJohn Samuel Mc Cord CordJohn Samuel Mc Cord , Esquire,
of the Circuit Judges of and for
the District ofDistrict of Montreal MontrealDistrict of Montreal in CanadaCanada East
JMC
CtJ in the said Province
in a certain cause now pending in
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of
S. LouisS Louis, State of MissouriMissouri between
PierrePierre , of Color, Plaintiff and
Gabriel S. ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau Defendant on the
part of the said Defendant.

J.S.M. C
CTJ.

Adelaide Chaboillez widow of the late
JosephJoseph in his life time of
the City ofCity of Quebec QuebecCity of Quebec in the ProvinceProvince of Canada ofProvince of Canada CanadaProvince of Canada
Jurveyor General of that part of the ProvinceProvince of Canada
ofProvince of Canada CanadaProvince of Canada, fomerly Lower CanadaCanada now
CanadaCanada East, of lawful age having
produceed sworn and examined
the past of the Defendant deposeth and
saith; I am not related
to the parties in this
Cause nor interested
in the event of this suit

J.S.M.C.
CtJ. I was born in the City ofCity of Montreal MontrealCity of Montreal
in 1783 - I have a distinct recollection that
during my Youth up to the year 1795 or 6 or to
there were several slaves owned by my
mother, who resided in MontrealMontreal in
. Some of those slaves were blacks
and others werepanis - The names of
the former I I wroteremember they
wereHowever, JackJack and - the
paniswerecalled Joseph, Jacques, &
CharlotteHer mother whose named I
forget, also belonged to my mother

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To the best of my recollections
Charlottesmother, the panis slave was
bought at that time from a .
I do not remember what became
of themall but I know that JosephJoseph
was accidently drowned and
was emancipated by my mother &
so I believe were several of the others
at my mother's this death which
in 1797 - 1798. at the period of which
I am speaking several familiies held
and owned slaves in MontrealMontreal -
- I have no doubt that my mother
consideredthese slaves of which I have
spoken by name, as her property, and
that at that time the holding & having
slaves in MontrealMontreal was never objected
to or considered illegal but seemed
on the contrary to be perfectly sanctioned
by the of the County, as for as
I could see.

cross examined by GriffinGriffin
of Counsel for the plff.