Archibald Barnes, an infant, by and through his next friend, Peter Charleville v. Jon Berry Meachum
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis.
The State of MissouriMissouri

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

Whereas it has been represented to the Honorable
Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
now in session by the petition of Archibald BarnesArchibald Barnes
an infant within the age of twenty one years, to wit:
the age of sixteen years, who appears by hisnext
friendPeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville , that he is unlawfully
restrained of his freedom by a certainBerryBerry Meachum
MeachumBerry Meachum . You are therefore hereby commanded
to seize the said Archibald BarnesArchibald Barnes the petitioner
wherever her may be found and bring him 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
Archibald BarnesArchibald Barnes who sues by his next friend
PeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville as set forth in the said petition
hereto annexed- and have you then there this writ
with your return thereon now you shall execute
the same.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our
said Court, with the seal thereof
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