Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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A.
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Ss.

State of MissouriMissouri

CharlotteCharlotte (of colour)
vs plaintiff
Gabriel J. Chouteau Defendant

under the annexed Dedimus or Commission, issued
out of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, in the
State of MissouriMissouri, bearing date the second day of October one thousand Eight hundred and fifty Eight, and addressed to
âany Judge, Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, or other Judicial
"Officer of the Province of CanadaProvince of Canada, or any Commissioner of deeds
"for the state of MissouriMissouri in the said Province,"I. CharlesCharles A Terroux
ACharles A Terroux . TerrouxCharles A Terroux , of the City ofCity of Montreal MontrealCity of Montreal in the Province of CanadaProvince of Canada,
Esquire, a Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in
and for that part of the said Province which formerly con-
sitituted Lower CanadaCanada, one of Her Majesty's Justices of
the Peace in and for the City and district of MontrealMontreal, in
the said Province, and a Commissioner for receiving
affidavits to be used in the SuperiorSuperior Court and Circuit CourtsCircuit Court
for Lower Cananda, acting as Commissioner for the exe-
cution of the said annexed Dedimus or Commission,
and for the purpose of executing the same, did attend in the
office of the Prothonotary of the Superior CourtSuperior Court for Lower
CanadaCanada, in the said City and district of MontrealMontreal, at Eleven
of the Clock in the forenoon of this sixteenth day of October
in the year aforesaid, being the place and time specified in
the Notice annexed to the said Dedimus or Commission,
and there and then being personally appeared before me,
Frederick GriffinFrederick Griffin , of the said city of MontrealMontreal, Esquire,
one of Her Majesty's Counsel in the law, as the Attorney
and agent of the above named Plaintiff, and JohnJohn J JJohn J .C.
AbbottAbbott , of the same place, Esquire, advocate, as the attorney
and

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and Agent of the above named Defendant, and the said Dedimus
or Commission and Notice thereunto annexed having been read, it
was represented to me by the plaintiffs said Attorney and Agent, and
concurred in by the Defendants said Attorney and Agent, that the
chief object of the said Dedimus or Commission is to obtain evi-
dence of the laws and customs of this country, in relation to the
slavery of Negros and other persons before and after this Country
passed from the dominion of the French Crown to that of the Bri-
-tish;
that, consequently the witnesses must be persons well
versed in those laws and customs; and that it would not be reason-
-able to require such persons to undergo an examination without
having previously had communication of the Chief points &
upon which they are to be examined, and to be required to give their
legal opinion; the said attorneys and agents have therefore requested
me, the acting Commissioner as aforesaid, to adjourn, and I
accordingly do hereby adjourn this meeting to such future
day as shall hereafter be, by the Plaintiff's said Attorney and
agent, and to me:_ And the said Attorneys and Agents do
further agree, that interrogatories to be prepared by the plaintiffs
said Attorney and Agent, after having been submitted to the
Defendants said Attorney and Agent, shall be communicated to
the Witness, in order that they may prepare themselves for their
examination; reserving to the Defendants said Attorney and
agent, the right of putting to said Witness such Cross interro-
-gatories as he may deem advisable.

Witness my Hand, and the respective Hands of
the said Attorneys and Agents of the parties, at the said
City ofCity of Montreal MontrealCity of Montreal, this Sixteenth day of October, one thousand Eight hundred and fifty - Eight.


JW AbbottAbbott

Atty for Deft


CharlesCharles A Terroux A TerrouxCharles A Terroux