County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, Ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri,
To the Sheriff of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis... Greetings:
We command you to summon John FinneyJohn Finney and
Finney if they be found in your County,
that they be and appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , sitting as a Court of Chancery 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. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the second Monday
of November next, then and there to answer unto the Bill of Complaint filed against them by SamuelSamuel Stokes
a colored man for relief in the matter of his children
to the damage of said plaintiff
dollars And have you then there this writ.
Court, with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this twenty seventh day ofOctober in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thiry eight.
Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.