United States of America
District of West Florida
To Charles Evans Esqr Greeting:
Having special trust and confidence in your skill and fidelity, we hereby authorize and empower you to take in the forms of Law the testimony of David Gorham, Robert A. Mitchell & William W. Kelly to be read in evidence in the trial of a libel against the Schooner Emperor and against Charles G. Cox Master, before me at Pensacola; and the same having taken, to be sealed up by you and directed to me: with this Commission.
Given under my hand and private seal at Pensacola this sixth day of November 1837
John A Cameron
By virtue of a precept directed to us as Commissioners from the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Escambia in the District of West Florida to take depositions in the said case. David Gorham and Robert A Mitchell appeared before us on this Seventh day of November 1837. and being duly sworn and cautioned David Gorham answers to the 1st Interrogatory.
I have seen the Schooner and I know the Capt Charles G. Cox
2nd About the 31st of June last letters were handed me from Captain Cox, to be delivered to the house of Connick & Spalding of the Havanna.
3rd I brought a letter from the house of Con[?] & Spalding, directed to Mr. Vanbaun[?] of this place.