Exhibit "A"
Saml RussellEsqr

June 2, 1847
Mr Russle

You will examine & furnish me with date upon which you hired Dred to work ^ for you. From whom you hired him whether from Mrs Emerson or any one acting as her agent and to whom you have paid the wages [arising] therefrom.

Yours Respectfully

J R Lackland
Dred Scott
Irene Emerson

Mr. J. R. Lackland

I hired Dred & his wife in March 46— from Mrs Emerson I paid the hire of the servents to Mrs Emerson. until after She left for Fort Snelling. During her absence Mr Sandford collected amt of their hires Y

S Russell
[illegible-June? 2d] of 47