State of Illinois, Piatt County SS
Moses Thorpe, the defendant in a certain appeal suit pending in the circuit court of the County aforesaid by [Certioraring?] wherein James Ford is plaintiff being first duly sworn, states on oath that he can not safely go to the trial of said cause at the present term, because of the absence of Russell Thompson, who is a material witness for him; that the plaintiff prossecuting this suit on a claim for the value of a certain bull which it is claimed this affiant castrated, and insured to get well of the castration, and which did not get well, but died of same castration; that affiant expects to prove by said witness that said bull did not belong to said plaintiff at any time during the life of said bull, or at any time after his change of condition by which he ceased to be a bull; that said witness resides in Iowa near Burlington, that ever since the case was brought into this court, he has been diligently seeking the whereabouts of said witness but did not, and could not ascertain it until it was too late to procure his testimony at the present time, that he expects to procure his testimony by the next time; and that this application is not made for delay but that parties may be around.
Subscribed to & sworn to before me The this 11th Dy of October 1852 J. C Johnson Clerk
Affidavit of Moses Thorp vs
James Ford vs Moses Thorp
filed October 11th 1852, J C Johnson Clerk
Case No 3.