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 (a slave of
said Gardner) Clara a slave of Dan.Bisell - Rhoda a slave of Bisell
John a Slave of Buperon-
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 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
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 third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.