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

To the Sheriff of St Louis County----Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon William GardnerWilliam Gardner
WilliamWilliam (slave of Gardner)
Clara (slave of Bisell)
Rhody (same)
John (slave of Boseron)
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before
the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 26th day of July at the city
of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controvery
now pending in our said Court, wherein the State 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 29th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.