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 St. Louis County,

We command you to attach John (a slave of Beperon)
by his body, and him safely keep, so that you have his
bod before the Judge of our Circuit, now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the
county of St. LouisSt Louis, on theforthwithday of 18,
then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in our
said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between The State of MissouriMissouri plaintiff , and Ben
defendant, wherein the said John
has heretofore been summoned, on the part of of the said state

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Court, at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 29th day of March 1831.

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk