Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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The State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of the county of St LouisSt Louis

Whereas James DuncanJames Duncan hath this day made oath
before the Justice of the peace within and for the
County aforesaid that the saidRalphRalph his coloured man (negroe
the slave of ColemanColeman Duncan DuncanColeman Duncan are runaway and are hid
within said county at the house of Gustavus AGustavus A Bird BirdGustavus A Bird , these
are therefore to command you that taken with you the
Power of the county of the same as he shall
think fit and and apprehend them him the said
runaway slave Joe & Ralph and them the said slaves
to commit to the common Jail of the County aforesaid
to be dealt with according to law-

Given under my hand this 9th day of June, 1830

J J C Parmer JP