David McFoy, a person of color v. William Brown
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge of the Peace, or other Judicial officer of the state of the state of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
or to any Commissioner of the state of MissouriMissouri within the
state of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Greetings

Know ye, that we, in confidence of your prudence and lidelity, do, by these presents, authorize
you to cause to come before you, to be examined as witness in a cause pending in our Circut CourtCircuit Court
for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, in the State of MissouriMissouri, wherein
DavidDavid mc
Foy is plaintiff, and WilliamWilliam Brown
BrownWilliam Brown is defedant, all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that purpose by the
said McFoy or his
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 knowledge of
any thing 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 examination, at the foot thereof, you
are to append your certificate, setting forth the facts that the examination was subscribed and sworm 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 refferd to by the witness, you are to describe the same in his examination. or
cause it to be so marked by him, as to establish 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 the State; or, should it be more convenient, such authentication and proof of
your official character may be made by them 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 deposition were
taken, you were an acting judge, (or other such officer to whom this commission is addressed,) and
duly commissioned as such. And you will return the same and all exhibits produced to you, annexed
hereto, carefully closed up and under your seal, directed to the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court in and for
the county of St.LouisSt Louis, MissouriMissouri, with the names of the said parties litigant endorsed thereon, with all
convenient speed.

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Witness, Michael S. CerreMichael S Cerre , Clerk of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
city of St.LouisSt Louis, this fourth day of
April in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and fifty one.

M S CerreM S Cerre Clerk C.C.

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