William vs. Stephen Smith
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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of said County Greeting

We command to summon, Stephen SmithStephen Smith that he be and appear before the
Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at tht next Term thereof to be held at the City of StCity of St Louis
LouisCity of St Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the fourth monday of July next
then and there to answer to WilliamWilliam a free Negro boy held in slavery of a
plea of trespass to the damage of said plaintiff of five hundred dollars
and have you then there this writ,

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at
Office this sixth day of May in the year 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk