County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSct.
To the Sheriff of St.Louis County Greeting
We command you to summon David G. BatesDavid G Bates that he be and appear
before the judge of ourCircuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to be
held at the city of St.LouisSt Louis within and for the County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the fourth monday of July next then and there to
answer into William HenryWilliam Henry a black man said in slavery
of a plea of trespass to the damage of said plaintiff of
five hundred dollars. And have you then there this writ
Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , clerk said court
at office This 20th day of May 1830
Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk.