Dorinda, a free woman of Colour vs. John Simonds, Jr.
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sir,

Take notice that DorindaDorinda a female
negro conveyed by you to me as a slave
has commenced suit against me in the
St LouisSt Louis Circuit in form or acted of assault
and Battery and falseimprisonmentaccording
to the fore of the Statue to establish her
right to freedom, she claiming to be a free
woman you are therefore required to
take notice of the said action which is
now pending in said suit and to maintain
you right to hold her as a slave and
her to me as such according to
your warranty in that behalf

St LouisSt Louis9th Dec 1826

To Arington PhelpsArington Phelps

JnoJohn Simonds Jr Simonds JrJohn Simonds Jr