Aspasia, a free woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau, Pierre Menard
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County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSct.

The State of MissouriMissouri

To SullivanSullivan Blood greeting

Where as it has been represented to our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court now in session within & for the County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis upon the affidavit of AspasiaAspasia a
woman of color that you unlawfully detain
her the said AspasiaAspasia in your custody
these are therefore to command you that without
delay you bring the body of the said AspasiaAspasia
before our said CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court now in session
at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, and that you certify
at the place and time aforesaid the cause of
her Caption and detention now given under

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my hand and seal of court at St. LouisSt Louis this
14th day of December 1827

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Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk