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 Benjamin O'FallonBenjamin O'Fallon , DanielDaniel Bissell BisellDaniel Bissell
JamesJames (a slave of M. -a free woman
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 28th day of MarchInst at the CityCity of St Louis
of 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 Court, wherein The State of MissouriMissouri is plaintiff,
and Ben a Slave is defendant, on the
part of the defendant; 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 third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirtyone

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.