Brunetta Barnes, a person of colour v. John Berry Meachum
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis ss
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis.

Whereas it has been represented to the honourable Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, now in session
, by the Petition of BrunettaBrunetta Barnes BarnesBrunetta Barnes , an infant within the age
of twenty one years, to wit; the age of fifteen years, who appears
by her next friend PeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville , that she is unlawfully
restrained of her freedom by a certain Berry MeachumBerry Meachum ,
you are therefore hereby commanded to seize the said
BrunettaBrunetta Barnes BarnesBrunetta Barnes , the petitioner, wherever she may be found,
and bring her before our said court forthwith, and also that
you summon the said Berry MeachumBerry Meachum if he be found
in your county, that he be and appear before our said court now
sitting in the city of St. LouisSt Louis. forthwith - then and there
to answer unto the petition of said BrunettaBrunetta Barnes BarnesBrunetta Barnes .
who sues by his next friend PeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville , as
set forth in the said petition hereto an
-nexed - and have you then there this writ with your
return thereon. Now you shall execute the

Withness, John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk
of our said court with the seal there-
of hereto annexed, at office in
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis this thirtieth day of July Eighteen hundred and forty.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk