DEPOSITIONSof witnesses, produced, sworn, and examined, at Mr. Samuel Russell, in the City and County of St. Louis; State of Missouri, before me, JOHN H. WATSON, Law Commissioner for the said County, in a^ twocertain causes now pending in the Saint Louis Circuit Court in the State of Missouri, between Dred Scott & Harriet his wife, plaintiffs, and Irene Emmerson, defendant, on the part of the Plaintiffs Adeline Russellof lawful age, being duly sworn and examined on the part of the Plaintiff deposeth and saith:---

I didn’t know Doct. Emmerson; I was acquainted with Mrs. Emmerson. I have known her eight or ten or twelve years. I know the plaintiffs in these suits — they were in my service for two years about that time. I have known them some four or five years. They were under the control of Mrs. Emmerson — I engaged them of Mrs. Emmerson, but they were delivered to me by Mr. Sanford, her father. Mrs. Emmerson claimed these negroes as her slaves. - so they were her slaves I do not recollect if I heard Mrs. Emmerson say they were her slaves I do not recollect if I paid for their services to Mrs. Emmerson or Mr. Sanford as her agent. I think Mr. Russell paid for their services.— I think it has been between 2 & 3 years since they left my house. —I think Mrs. Emmerson resided up the Mississippi ^or Missouri river some years before they were in my service. At the time I hired these negroes they were in the service of Col. Bainbridge.-

The only way I know these negroes belonged to Mrs. Emmerson is that she hired them to me. I think it probable that Mrs. Emmerson & Mr. Sanford, at times received pay for their services. I do not know if the plaintiffs resided up the Mississippi or Missouri river. I do not know if Mr. Sanford was the agent of Mrs. Emmerson or the owner of the negroes

A. Russell