Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for St LouisSt Louis


Be it remembered that on
the trial of this cause on the 12th Oct. 1853. AugusteAuguste Dufresne witness
for the plaintiff testified as followes
I know the parties to this suit. I knew
that Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau claimed the
plaintiff as his property thirty five
years ago when she was a little thing
I knew Charlotte's mother her name
was RoseRose , she was the, mother of Char=
lotte, PeterPeter & Louis. I dont know who owned her (CharlotteCharlotte ) in 1843 - She hopes
as a slave, RoseRose was held in slavery
by Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau . I knewCharlotteCharlotte
about 35 years ago & she was then I suppose
4 or 5 years of age.

Crop Exd. I was born in 1802
under the agreement of Counsel the testimo
ny of Paschal CerrePascal Cerre , PierrePierre Rayant,
RomanRoman Dufusue, Michel FortainMichael Fortaine ,
Jaques Bounean & Michel Marlé
witnesses for the plaintiff was there read
as follows to wit. (Here insert Testimony for
plaintiff reported by D. C. on file)
the deposition of the Hon Judge JamesJames Reid ReidJames Reid
of Canada witness for the plaintiff was their read by excepting
the answer to the 13th question which
was objected to by defendants Counsel on
trial. Here in deposition of J. Reid)
the Deposition of the Hon Judge SamuelSamuel GaleGale
witness for the plaintiff was there read ex=

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cepting the answer to the 12th question
which was objected to by the defendants
Counsel on trial (here insert deposition of S. Gale)
Joseph C. Barlow witness for plaintiff
being sworn said he knew the to
this suit that Angela, daughter of Char=
lotte to his employment after this suit
was commenced, CharlotteCharlotte lived by herelf.
CharlotteCharlotte lived with Madam Cerre
Chouteau widow of Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
in her family as a servant, I never knew
any wages to be paid to CharlotteCharlotte or any
contract of to have existed
between CharlotteCharlotte & Madam ChouteauChouteau .
does not know whether defendant
claims her as his slave

A duly certified from the
Inventory of the Estate of Cerre
Chouteau, made by Gabriel S. ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau
. was then read and in Evidence as follows:
(Here insert it)

The deposition of Samuel
Monk, of Canada witness for plaintiff
was and as follows, towit:

(Here insert monks deposition)
The certified from CanadaCanada of the case of RobertRobert alias RobinRobin
was then read in evidence by plaintiffs counsel
as follows towit: (Here insert it)

The Kings Proclamation dated 7 Oct.1763
was then and as follows towit:

(Here insert proclamation)
The following document to by or she
A copy of Action 666 being a deed
from AndrewAndrew ToddTodd conveying RoseRose to
DidierDidier was then offered in Evidence
for informing it was