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..Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon William GardnerWilliam Gardner
WilliamWilliam a Slave of Gardner
Clara slave of Genl.Bissell
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 23rd day of May, at the City 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
said Court, wherein the State is plantiff 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. LouisCity of St Louis, this 15th day ofMay in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.