State of Missouri vs. John Walker, Pierre Chouteau, Bernard Pratt, Alexis Amelin
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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the jailor of St Louis County
PierrePierre Chouteau Sr ChouteauPierre Chouteau Sr SrPierre Chouteau Sr . Bernard PratteBernard Pratte and
AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin - Greeting

Whereas it has been made appear
to our CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court now in session at the
city of St LouisSt Louis within and for the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis that you the jailor of St Louis
County,& Pierre Chouteau SrPierre Chouteau Sr BernardBernard Pratte
PratteBernard Pratte and AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin detain in your
custody certain persons of colour namely
alias Catherine, Julie, Joseph
Helen who have petitioned and obtained
leave from our said court to sue as for
persons to establish their freedom
these are therefore to command
that the bodies of the said
JosephJoseph and Helen by you detained and
safe and secure conduct, together with
the day and causes of their being taken
and detained by whatever names they
may be called, you have before the
Image of our circuit court on
the 19th day of May instant at the
Court in the city of St LouisSt Louis
then and there to do and
in our said court shall
in that

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Witnesses Archibald Gamblin Clerk
of said court at St LouisSt Louis this
16th day of May 1826

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk