Joseph Jefferson, a free man of Colour vs. James McKnight, William McCutcheon
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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
The State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of said County Greeting

We Command you to summon William McCutchenWilliam McCutchen and JamesJames McKnight
McKnightJames McKnight that they be and appear before the Judge of ours
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term Thereof to be held at the city
of St LouisSt Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the Fourth Monday in November next then and there to answer into JosephJoseph Jefferson
JeffersonJoseph Jefferson a free man of color who is permitted by the Court to sue as
a poor person of a plea of Trespass to the damage of said plaintiff
of Eight hundred dollars ~ and have you then there this writ

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WitnessArchibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our
said Court at Office this 16th day of October 1826

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk