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Territory of MissouriMissouri,
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis


The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica, to the sheriff of the county of St. LouisSt Louis, Greeting,

We command you to attackBaptiste Morin, Nathaniel Prior &
EllenEllen ThomasThomas if they may be found within your bailwick and them immediately safely keep so that you may have
their bodies before the judge of our circuit court now setting at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, within and
for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, then there
to answer unto the UnitedUnited States StatesUnited Statestouching a certain contempt by them
committed in not attending the court as witnesses in a certain matter
now pending in our said court between the UnitedUnited States StatesUnited States and summon
a slave of Anthony Soulard a free being thereto legally summoned

and have you then
there this writ.

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Witness Merry Philippe Ledue Clerk
of our said court at the town of St. LouisSt Louis aforesaid, this
sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and of the Independence
of the United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica the forty first

Clk. St. LSt Louis. C.C.C.P