Lydia vs. John Butler
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Northern Circuit ss

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the Sheriff of the county of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis Greeting

You are commanded that you summon to her Butler that he be and
appear before the Judges of our superior Court of our territory of MissouriMissouri, at
our said superior court to be held in and for the northern circuit of
the said Territory at the Town of St LouisSt Louis on the fourth Monday
March next, then and there in our said Court before our Judges of
our said Court to answer unto LydiaLydia a free girl held in slavery
in a plea of trespass, assault Battery of false imprisonment to her
damage five hundred dollars and have you then and there
this writ and certify to our said court how
the sameâ

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Witness the Honorable SilasSilas Bent BentSilas Bent Esquire
presiding Judge afour said court at St LouisSt Louis this fourteenth day of December in the Year of our lord one thousand Eight hundred and eighteen and of our Independence
the forty third