Charles, a man of color v. Perter Verhagen
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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 LouisSt Louis, this eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty- John RulandJohn Ruland
Clerk. - Return Upon which said writ the Sheriff
endorsed his return in the word and figures
following to wit â Executed this writ in the
county of St LouisSt Louis on the 19th day of May 1840 by offering to read it and the petition
& declaration and also the order of the
Honorable Judge to PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen the
within named defendant all of which
he said defendant refused to hear-
Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Shff By JosephJoseph C.
Brown D.Pty.Plea filed and afterwards
to wit at the July term for the year last aforesaid
on the twentieth day of said month the
following proceeding were had in said cause to wit Plea filed
CharlesCharles a man of color = vs = PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen =
Plea Filed= which plea is in the words and
figures following to wit - PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen ads CharlesCharles Plea
a men of color No 209 In the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court July Tern 1840. And the said defendant
by his attorney, comes and defends the the force
and injury when & C and says that he is not
guilty of the said supposed trespass above
said to his charge or any or either of them
in manner & form as the said plaintiff hath