Patsy Curd vs. William H. Barksdale
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, s s.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other Judicial Officer of the State of

Know Ye, that we, in confidence of your prudence and fidelity, do, by these presents, authorize
you to cause to come before you, to be examined as witnesses in a cause depending in our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, in the State of MissouriMissouri, wherein PatsyPatsy Curd CurdPatsy Curd
of color is
plaintiff, and WilliamWilliam H. BarksdaleH Barksdale is
defendant, all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that purpose by the
said PatsyPatsy Curd CurdPatsy Curd 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 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 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 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 establish its identity, and attach the same to his examination.
The examinations thus taken you will cause to 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 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.

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

M SM S Cerre . CerreM S Cerre

Clerk, C.C.
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