James, a person of color v. Hiram Cordell
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County â Greeting:

We command you to Summon HiramHiram Cordell CordellHiram Cordell 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. LouisSt Louis, on the third Monday of November next, then and there to answer unto
JamesJames Coloured person of his petition for
freedom.
to the damage of said plaintiff
dollars: And have you then there this writ.

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 ofApril in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty four.

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.