Charles, a man of color v. Peter Verhager
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.
THE STATE OF MISSOURIMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGREETING:

We command you to Summon PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen if he be found
in your County that he be and appear
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. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the third Monday
of July next, then and there to answer unto CharlesCharles a man
of Color of a plea of trespass
to the damage of said plaintiff of Five hundred
dollars: And have you then there this writ.

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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. LouisCity of St Louis, this Eighteenth day ofMay in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.