Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis,


State of MissouriMissouri.

To any Judge, Justice of the Peace,notary Public or other Judicial Officer of the State of Province of CanadaProvince of Canada or any
Commission of Deeds for the State of MissouriMissouri in the justice of said Province Greeting:

Know ye, that we, in confidence of your prudence and fidelity, do, by these presents,
authorise you to cause to come before you, to be examined as witnesses in a cause pending in our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, in the State of MissouriMissouri, wherein
CharlotteCharlotte of color is
plaintiff, and
Gabriel S. ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau is
defendant, all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that pur-
pose 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 know-
ledge of anything 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 exami
nation, 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 estab-
lish its identity, and attach the same to his examination. The examination 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 official 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 addressed,) and duly commis-
sioned as such. And you will return the same and all exhibits produced to you, annexed hereto,
carefully closed upon and under your seal, directed to the Clerk of the Circuit 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, William J. HammondWilliam J Hammond S.Rice, Clerk of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this second day of Octoberin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight


Clerk C.C.