County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss
The State Of MissouriMissouri,
To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:
We command you to Summon, JohnJohn Howdershell [ John HowdershellHowdeshell ]
if he be found in your County that he be me
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next term thereof, to be
held at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, on the third Monday
of April next, then and there to answer unto SamuelSamuel
(a man of color of a plea of trespass
to the damage of said plaintiff One thousand
dollars: And have you then there this writ.
with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this twentieth day ofNovember in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty three
John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.