Depositions of witnesses, produced, sworn, and examined at the office of Charles D. Drake , in the , & , before me, the undersigned, , a justice of the peace within & for the aforesaid, in two certain causes now pending in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court , within & for the said , , in one of which causes Dred ScottDred Scott is plaintiff and Irene EmersonIrene Emerson is defendant, and in the other of said causes HarrietHarriet (of color) is plaintiff & the said Irene EmersonIrene Emerson is defendant, on the part of the plaintiffs.
c x of lawful age, being produced, sworn & examined on the part of the plaintiffs, deposes & says:â I know the negro man named DredDred , who is the plaintiff in this suit. I first knew DredDred some time in the year 1834 , at , Illino in the . He was then a servant belonging to Doctor EmersonEmerson , who was there an Assistant Surgeon in the Army of the United StatesUnited States, and was stationed at . He was held in service there by Doctor EmersonEmerson as a slave from the time I first knew him, until April or May 1836. At that time, was evacu ^ ated by the troops, to which was attached, and the troops with Doctor EmersonEmerson went from to , which is situated at the junction of the with the , on the west side of the MississippiMississippi, within the Territorial limits of the and North of the . From the time the troops arrived at until the 7th day of July 1837. I knew DredDred to be held by Doctor EmersonEmerson , as a slave, at . At the last mentioned date I left that place. During all the time I knew DredDred at
and , he was claimed by Doctor EmersonEmerson as a slave and used by him as such. During the time I have mentioned, I was in the Army of the United StatesUnited States, and attached to the same troops, to which Doctor EmersonEmerson was attached.
I am now Second LieutenantLieutenant in âs Company of Volunteers known as the " MissouriMissouri Guards," raised for service in , and expect, probably some time next week the Company will leave for its destination. Further he saith not.