Ann Davis, a colored woman v. James T. Symington
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The State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis ss:

To James F. Symington, his attornies counsellors, and agents
& To the Sheriff of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis= Greeting:

Whereas it has been represented to the Honorable Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for said county fo St LouisSt Louis, on behalf of one Ann DavisDavis complainent by her bill
of complaint duly filed that she was born in the state of MarylandMaryland a negroslave
the property of one James Cheston who sold her to James F SymingtonJames F Symington in
the year eighteen hundred and thirty six to serve until the first day of October 1842 when she is to be free from slavery forever, that said said sale
was made in in the state of MarylandMaryland, from not withstanding
it was contrary to the laws of said said State the said SymingtonSymington row
her off in the right time and brought her to St LouisSt Louis & now intendsrunning
her off to some of the southern States there to sell her & make her a slave
for slave life as she has been informed & believes that she is now confined
in the jail of St Louis County in a short time to be shipped to the southern
market for sale, wherefore the said complainants prays that the
said SymingtonSymington may be restrained from such injustices and it being ordered
by the said Judge that a writ of injunction issue to that end therefore
your, the said SymingtonSymington your agents attornies & counsellors are hereby
strictly enjoined & cammanded absolutely to resist & refrain from removing
the said Ann DavisDavis , or her child ElizabethElizabeth beyond the Jurisdiction
of our said court, until said court shall otherwise decide and you the
said Sheriff are commanded to take the said Ann and her child into your
possession, to be hired out until said court shall otherwise direct and the
money a arising from such hire in your possession keeps until our said court
upon a hearing of the matters in said bill contained, may determine &
in the premises- Herein fail not at your peril.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our said court with the
seal thereof hereto affixed at office in the city of
St LouisSt Louis this 8th day of March 1839

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk