Thornton Kinney v. John F. Hatcher and Charles C. Bridges
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, Ss.
State of MissouriMissouri.

To any Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other Judicial Officer of the State ofWilliamWilliam Christy
ChristyWilliam Christy , Commissioner of the State of Miss
ouri for the State of LouisianaLouisiana
Greeting:

Know ye, that we, in confidence of your prudence and fidelity, do, by these presents
authorise you to cause to come before you, to be examined as withness in a cause pending in our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, in the State of MissouriMissouri, wherein
ThorntonThornton Kinney KinneyThornton Kinney is
plaintiff, and James T. & another
defendants, all
and every such person, and at such time and place, as shall be named to you for that pur
pose by the said James T. 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 know-
ledge of anything 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 exami-
nation, at the foot thereof, you are to append your certificate, setting forth the facts that the ex-
amination 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 estab-
lish 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 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 commis-
sioned as such. And you will return the same and all exhibits produced to you, annexed herreto,
carefully closed up and under your seal, directed to the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court in and for the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, MissouriMissouri, with the names of the said parties litigant endorsed thereon, with
all convenient speed.

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Witness, William J. HammondWilliam J Hammond , Clerk of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this 22 day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty four

Wm J. HammondWilliam J Hammond

Clerk C.C.