State of Missouri vs. Ben, a slave of William Clark
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To The Sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County.....Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Rhoda (slave of Daniel BissellDaniel Bissell ) and John (a slave of Buseron's Estate) that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person before
the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 24th day of MarchInstant at the City ofCity of St Louis
St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now
pending in our said Court, wherein the state of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and Ben(a slave) is defendant, on the
part of the state; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this 13th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.