Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of any County,

Whereas the Court is
satisfied on the affidavit of CobbCobb this day made, that MaryMary Charlotte
CharlotteMary Charlotte , who is suing for her freedom
has been removed with her children
to the common jail of the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis, by the orders of the
defendant Gabriel S. ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau
& that she & they are about to be
removed out of the jurisdiction
of the Court by the orders of the
said defendants, & further that
she & they are in danger of being
so removed out of the jurisdiction
of the Court [ to day ] on board a
Steamboat bound for the city
of New OrleansOrleans in the State of
LouisianaLouisiana

These are therefore to
Command you forthwith to seize
the said MaryMary Charlotte CharlotteMary Charlotte wherever
she may be found & to bring her
before the Court on the seventh dayof December 1858 at 9 OClock AM & to summon
the person in whose possession
she is found to appear before the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court in the Court House of the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the said seventhday of December 1853

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In Testimoney Whereof I hereto set my hand
and affix the seal of said Court at Office
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis this 6th December 1853

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk