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 command to summon John a slave of Busron
that setting aside all of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person before the
Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on theforthwithday of at the City ofCity of St Louis
St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controvesy now
pending in our said Court, wherein the state is, plaintiff
and Ben a slave is defendent 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 23rd day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.