Irene Emerson vs. Dred Scott (of color)
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DEPOSITIONSof witnesses, produced, sworn, and examined, at the dwelling house of , NumberNo. 90 Myrtle StreetMyrtle Streetin the City and County of ; , before me, , Law Commissioner for the said County, in a certain cause now pending in the Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court in the , between Dred ScottDred Scott , plaintiff, and Irene EmersonIrene Emerson , defendant, on the part of the Plaintiff C---- of the , of lawful age, being duly sworn and examined on the part of the Plaintiff deposeth and saith:---

I know Dred ScottDred Scott , Plaintiff in the above case. During the years1837 and 1838, I knew him as a Slave. at , at the mouth of . on the west side of the . within the Territorial limits of the . Said ScottScott at this time was held as a slave by a Doctor EmersonEmerson , a Surgeon in the United StatesUnited States Army, who was then posted at . I knew the Plaintiff to be held for only one year by Said EmersonEmerson , as a Slave. During that time Said EmersonEmerson exercised control over, and used Plaintiff entirely as a Slave. Since that time I have only seen Plaintiff occasionally. I know HarrietHarriet , the wife of PlaintiffPlaint Said Dred ScottDred Scott . X I first knew her at . She too was a Slave of Doctor EmersonEmerson at the Same time that I knew DredDred . there. This woman, in the year 1837 was hired to me as a servant by Doctor

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EmersonEmerson , and was in my family some two or three months. I knew Said woman for the same length of time that I did ^ Dred. During that whole time She was held in Slavery by Doctor EmersonEmerson . When I went to to live, I found Doctor EmersonEmerson posted there. How long he had been there I do not know. Doctor EmersonEmerson . left , in the fall of 1837, but left these slaves there. hire out. They remained there until April 1838, when they left for the South, - for . I think. During the whole time that I knew them at they were held in Slavery by Doctor EmersonEmerson , or by persons to whom they were hired by him. They were universally known there to be Doctor Emersons Slaves. At the time that I was at my name was ThompsonThompson . I was then the wife of , Xa LieutenantLieutenant in the army of the . The Plaintiffs in these cases are now in St. LouisSt Louis; and I have been informed and believe, are at W. SamuelSamuel Russellâs . I went to in the latter part of May, or first of June, 1837. and left in May, 1838.


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